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BMW Improves Their EV Lineup

01.07.16 - 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

The car company that has brought us the technologically advanced i3 and i8 is ready to offer us a new plug in hybrid on the 5-Series sedan.  This new powertrain will give us a great way to enjoy the drive of the 5-series and have at least thirty miles of uninterrupted driving in the EV mode.  If you though the 5-series was already a sedan that gave you everything you wanted, BMW is ready to show you more from the hybrid model to ensure you know this is the car for you with the most fuel efficient powertrain to make it to this car yet.

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Did the Prius Kill the Honda Insight?

Prius vs Honda Insight

We talk of the Prius as the first hybrid to make it to market at a price we can all afford, but the reality is there was another unique hybrid on the market before the Prius showed up; the Honda Insight.  This car was different from what the Prius would come to be but had the hybrid powertrain and enough intrigue to be interesting.  Even though the Insight was offered for several years eventually Honda had not experienced enough sales to keep this model rolling and cancelled production after the 2014 model year as it has fought the good fight against the strength of Toyota and the Prius.

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Toyota Lights Up Yellowstone with Old Hybrid Batteries

Yellowstone Toyota Hybrid Batteries

Batteries on hybrid vehicles lose their ability to maintain a proper charge for powering a vehicle over time, but that doesn’t mean they are useless. The nickel metal hydride battery packs used in Toyota vehicles can be put to use for other purposes. One of those purposes is to keep Yellowstone National Park lit up with solar power stored in donated batteries.

208 of these batteries are currently being used at Yellowstone to act as offline power for their solar power grid. These batteries, which came from Camry hybrids, are plugged into the system. Toyota has been heading in this direction since 2014 when they started solidifying deals with Indy Power Systems, Sharp USA SolarWorld, Patriot Solar, National Park Service and Yellowstone Park Foundation. Continue reading

For a Luxury Hybrid Hatchback with an Attitude, Look to the 2015 Lexus CT

2015 Lexus CT

With Lexus being the luxury lineup from Toyota is it really any wonder that the CT is mechanically the sibling of the ultra-popular Toyota Prius? Even though this is the case, the CT does have a personality and dynamics that are all its own once past the mechanical workings of the vehicle. With a full complement of upscale, luxury features inside and a truly menacing exterior including the signature Lexus hourglass grill, the Ct is not just a Prius in a different body, but a highly advanced luxury hybrid car that offers a ton of driving enjoyment and interest for its owners. Competing with the Audi A3 and Cadillac ELR, the CT comes in offering a great deal of excellent luxury features and equipment to enjoy and take full advantage of.

Only a small amount of updates are added to the Lexus CT 200h including the integration of iPhone’s Siri Eyes Free Mode, voice commands for the navigation system, and Slacker radio to the Lexus Enform app suite. This all helps the CT attract a technology driven crowd and be one of the best entry luxury cars that also comes in the form of a hybrid vehicle.

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