Review: The 2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid makes perfect sense—for now

My co-driver is lost in text messages as we buzz the Kentucky hills outside Louisville in the 2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid. Somehow I’ve lulled him into complacency, or maybe it’s the full-size tr

Report: Toyota using Tesla-style Panasonic cells in Chinese PHEVs

Toyota has reportedly started using Panasonic cylindrical lithium-ion cells in two of its new plug-in hybrid models for the China market.  The swap was originally reported last week by Nikkei Asian Re

Maserati outlines upcoming EVs and hybrids, underscores Italian production

Maserati announced a major electrification push Thursday, laying out a road map that will start with a hybrid electric Ghibli in 2020.  The Ghibli sedan will be the first in a new range of electrified

Washington state is charging hybrid owners $75 to incentivize electric cars

Washington state is shifting some of the financial burden of EV subsidies onto hybrid owners, a local report says, effectively punishing shoppers for purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles.  Starting in O

Mitsubishi Mi-Tech PHEV concept teases 4-motor layout, downsized powertrain

Mitsubishi will show a 4-motor PHEV concept at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, highlighting new electrification tech and unconventional gasoline power in a new downsized SUV package.  The autom

2020 Honda Fit Hybrid with two-motor system likely for Japan and Europe, not the...

Honda has revealed that it’s planning to install its two-motor hybrid system in the upcoming fourth-generation version of its Fit small hatchback, which will be first shown at the upcoming Tokyo Motor

Volvo and Geely merging development for engines, still needed in hybrids

Volvo will offload its development of internal combustion engines to a new joint project with parent company Geely, the two companies announced Monday, allowing Volvo\'s in-house propulsion engineers t

2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid confirmed for LA auto show debut

Toyota has made official a possibility that has been recently suggested by execs as a next step, and all but been confirmed by spy shots: that it will make a plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 hybrid,

Toyota boosts warranty on plug-in hybrid, hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicles

Toyota announced last week that it will extend its battery warranty on all 2020 model year (and newer) hybrid, plug-in and fuel-cell vehicles to 10 years or 150,000 miles.  Through 2019, Toyota covere

Bosch uses pyrotechnics to boost battery safety

The controlled explosion has been a staple of automotive safety for decades, but the supplier Bosch has found a new way to apply the fundamental technology behind airbag deployment to protect EV and h

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