Posts from ‘Hybrids’
Volvo is on a tear.
After years of product stagnation, the Swedish company recently announced that it would bring out a string of eight new or redesigned models over a four-year period – a rather ambitious undertaking for such a small company.
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 307
Fuel Used: 6.7 gallons
Class: Compact crossover
Miles Driven: 599
Fuel Used: 19.3 gallons
The 2018 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is essentially a Ford Fusion Hybrid that’s been fortified for police duty with cop-car gear such as steel wheels, wiring for light bars and other upfit equipment, easy-to-clean vinyl rear seats and floor, anti-stab plates in the front seat backs, and slim-bolstered cloth front seats (to accommodate officers’ utility belts). It shares the Fusion Hybrid’s Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with an electric motor fed by lithium-ion battery. The powertrain produces a combined 188 horsepower and can run in battery-only mode up to 60 mph.
Building on the concept – and performance – of the previous Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid displayed at the New York Auto Show.
Porsche — which has had great success with its SUVs – “expands” the capabilities of its Panamera to add some of the utility normally reserved for its crossovers.
Honda’s redesigned Clarity Fuel Cell debuted earlier this year as a 2017 model, at which time it was announced that electric and plug-in hybrid versions would soon be available. And true to its word, Honda introduced those models at the New York Auto Show.
It’s still not often you see the words “Sport” and “Hybrid” in the same sentence – let alone in the same name – but the concept is growing in popularity. And few companies are leveraging the principle of using an electric motor’s instant low-speed torque to augment the high-end power of a gas engine as thoroughly as Acura.