Hybrids

  • 2019 BMW i8

    More and more details are emerging about an electrified supercar thought to be in the works at BMW as the replacement for the i8. In an interview with Autocar published Wednesday, BMW R&D boss Klaus Froehlich said he has the desire to develop a supercar and that electrification could be the key to the project being approved. “If you are an engineer, once in your life, you want to make a super-sports car,” he said. “I think partial electrification will enable that.” He added that a combination of compact yet powerful electric motors, a high-performance...

  • Honda Insight Prototype, 2018 Detroit auto show
    2019 Honda Insight to deliver 50 mpg or better

    Honda used this week's 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to present its 2019 Insight. Though officially a prototype, the version we were treated with shows the final design direction Honda is taking with its new Insight. Crucially, it shows that the revived hybrid nameplate is...

  • Toyota President Akio Toyoda (left) and Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga
    Toyota and Panasonic look to form battery alliance

    Toyota and Panasonic announced on Wednesday their intention to study the feasibility of a battery joint venture. In a statement, the companies said the joint venture is intended to address growing demand and expectations for vehicle electrification. Toyota alone is targeting the sale of 4.5 million...

  • 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package
    Porsche 911 hybrid back on the radar

    With Tesla last week revealing a second-generation Roadster capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in 1.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 mph, the major sports car marques have been well and truly put on notice. That’s because while Tesla may miss deadlines and is currently in its own...

  • 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 GMC Sierra 1500 spy shots

    Earlier this week we brought you spy shots of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Today we have the first shots of the pickup’s corporate cousin, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. The current Sierra was introduced in 2014 and updated in 2016. The Sierra seen here testing is more of an extensive update...

  • 2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid prototype testing at the Nürburgring
    2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid spy video

    Like other luxury car brands, Bentley isn't immune to the political pressures of the environmental movement. With various regulations coming into effect over the next few years, the British automaker is in the process of introducing alternative powertrains in an effort to reduce its emissions. This...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius V spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Toyota engineers are out testing the next-generation Prius V (a Prius+ in other markets), and judging by our spy shots of a test mule the vehicle is set to ditch the minivan bodystyle of the current model in favor of a crossover SUV form—a smart move considering the current craze for high-riding vehicles. The front of the tester features the face of the new Prius V, which has clearly been influenced by the current Prius. However, the flared wheel arches and taller ride height hint at a tougher, more SUV-like stance. The SUV transformation is further evidenced by the fact the engineers...

  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
    Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in finally on sale in US, prices start at $35,535

    As the saying goes, “better late than never.” That’s certainly the case with Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV which is finally ready for sale in the United States. We’ll remind you the vehicle was first shown as far back as the 2012 Paris Motor Show, although the Outlander...

  • 2019 Honda Insight test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Honda Insight spy shots

    Honda has started public road trials of a test mule for the third-generation Insight. The engineers are using the body of a Honda City which needed to be stretched and widened to fit the mechanicals of the new Insight. The widened wheel arches and extensions added to the hood and rear doors are...

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
    2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid first drive review: the 918 Spyder distilled

    The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is an intensely busy machine. There’s nothing raw or visceral, two words nearly synonymous with Porsche, about this four-door hypercar, and yet it feels every bit the flagship it is intended to be. After on- and off-track drives around Victoria...

  • Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London
    UK joins France in pledging to ban sale of non-electrified cars by 2040

    The United Kingdom will ban the sale of vehicles powered purely by gasoline or diesel by 2040, environment minister Michael Gove said on Wednesday. “Today we are confirming that that means there should be no new diesel or petrol vehicles by 2040,” Gove told BBC Radio. He went on to...

  • Bugatti Chiron production in Molsheim, France
    Bugatti may wait until Chiron replacement to introduce hybrid tech

    Prior to the reveal of the Chiron at the 2016 Geneva auto show, former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn hinted that there would be two performance levels for the Chiron, with the more extreme version to feature hybrid technology. However, it’s now more likely that Bugatti will wait...

  • 2018 Honda Accord

    Enthusiasm for sedans may be waning across the globe, but they still represent an important segment in the United States. And one of the most popular is the Honda Accord which in 2016 managed to rack up 345,225 sales, making it the ninth most popular nameplate in the country. On Friday, Honda took the wraps off a new generation of the Accord, the nameplate’s 10th. The new mid-sizer goes on sale this fall, as a 2018 model. Honda describes the design as being next-generation, though there are clearly some influences from the handsome 10th-generation Civic. This can be seen both inside and...

  • Polestar logo
    Could Polestar’s first standalone car be a 600-horsepower coupe?

    Volvo in June said it’s spinning off its in-house tuner, Polestar, into a standalone brand for high-performance electrified cars. Polestar will still tune Volvo cars, under the new Polestar Engineered label, but the brand would also offer its own cars. According to Autocar, the first of...

  • Boreas supercar concept, 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans
    Spanish startup unveils 1,000-horsepower Boreas supercar

    A Spanish startup is looking to become the next Koenigsegg or Pagani. A company by the name of DSD Design & Motorsport has unveiled a concept of a hybrid supercar that’s said to be packing as much as 1,000 horsepower. The car is called the Boreas, and it was shown for the first time in...

  • 2019 Audi A8
    Report: Next Audi S8 Plus to borrow Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid's plug-in powertrain

    Audi on Tuesday unveiled its all-new, fourth-generation A8. Noticeably missing, however, was the flagship sedan's sporty S8 variant. It turns out Audi will launch the new S8 as well as its more potent S8 Plus variant in early 2018. Prototypes have been spotted but so far reveal few cues. The...

  • 2018 Audi RS 5
    The 2018 Audi RS 5 is actually a hybrid, kind of

    Audi has plans to slowly introduce hybrid systems on every single one of its new vehicles in the coming future. No, Audi isn't going to turn all of its cars into Priuses. Rather, many models will get mild-hybrid tech. While the process formally kicks off with the 2019 Audi A8, the first Audi to...

  • 2018 McLaren 720S
    Future McLarens may go AWD to cope with power increases

    The all-wheel-drive Bugatti Veyron ushered in the era of the 1,000-horsepower hypercar more than a decade ago. Today, its successor, the Chiron, also an all-wheel-drive car, is encroaching on the 1,500-hp mark. Getting 4-figure power levels to the ground in a controllable fashion via the rear...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX

    It seems the industry's future propulsion method is sealed: electric cars will begin to take priority over the internal combustion engine. While some automakers buy time and green credentials with hybrid systems, Rolls-Royce has zero plans for such a stop-gap. Autocar reports that Rolls-Royce is not looking into expanding its portfolio of vehicles with hybrid technology. Instead, the marque will pursue electric cars. “Electrification is the way forward—and there will be no in between steps for us like hybridization,” Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös told the...

  • Teaser for BMW i8 Roadster debuting in 2018
    BMW teases i8 Roadster

    BMW in March finally confirmed plans to add a convertible version of its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, having first previewed it in concept form as far back as the 2012 New York auto show. Sales of the i8 convertible, which will be known as the i8 Roadster, will start in 2018, and to build...

  • 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid
    Volvo makes moves to become electric car brand

    Volvo aims to take an early lead among established automakers when it comes to vehicle electrification. The Swedish automaker on Wednesday made the bold statement that every car it launches from 2019 will be equipped with an electric motor. The cars will include mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids and...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Report: Mercedes-AMG to introduce ‘53’ series hybrids, starting with next CLS

    Mercedes-AMG is committed to electrifying its lineup, a stance made clear with the unveiling of the 805-horsepower GT hybrid sedan concept at March’s 2017 Geneva auto show. The first of AMG’s hybrids will be the Formula One-powered Project One hypercar debuting in September at the 2017...

  • Polestar logo
    Polestar becomes standalone brand for high-performance electrified cars

    Originally an independent motorsport team dedicated to racing Volvos, Polestar would later start tuning Volvo road cars and eventually be bought out by the Swedish automaker. Volvo’s original plan for Polestar was to make it an alternative to BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. But on Wednesday the...

  • No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans
    LMP1 Hybrids will require an electric-only mode in 2020

    There’s no doubt vehicle electrification is going to play a major role in the development of new cars in the coming decade. Organizers of motorsport, even at the highest levels, are well aware of this and are reshaping the regulations to ensure the technology of the racing world doesn’t...

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