2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid gas mileage review: The ideal family hauler

2019 Chrysler Pacifica HybridSeating for six, up to 32-miles of EPA-rated all-electric range, and a 30-mpg combined rating set the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid up to be not just the ideal minivan but the ideal family mover at this point in time. From our experience—updated with a city drive of the Pacifica Hybrid today—this van delivers more usable all-electric...

Analysis finds hybrids make better use of scarce batteries than pure EVs

Volkswagen Tiguan GTE concept,  2015 Frankfurt Auto ShowIn the face of growing shortages of batteries and battery materials for electric cars, one respected analytics firm says those batteries would do more good for the environment put to use in more hybrid vehicles rather than fewer all-electric cars. Per kilowatt-hour of battery capacity produced and installed in plug-in vehicles, hybrids deliver 14...

BMW isn’t finished with internal combustion engines yet

2020 BMW X3 M CompetitionMany automakers now see electric vehicles as the long-range future of the passenger vehicle. What may actually say more though, in the language of corporate nuance, is that few companies have gone so far as to solidly declare that the end is nigh for internal combustion engines. Among the examples that have been so bold: Volvo won’t develop...

Battle over EV tax credit pits automakers against oil interests

U.S. Capitol BuildingThe possibility of an extension for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit has recently intensified lobbying efforts in Washington D.C.—and pitted the efforts of the auto industry soundly against those of the oil and gas industry. So reports the Washington Post. According to its report this week, the powerful companies and interests opposing the...

BMW pulls ahead its electrification plans by two years

BMW X3 xDrive30eJust eight weeks ago, at its annual shareholders meeting, BMW announced that it will build 12 new all-electric cars by 2025, along with 13 plug-in hybrid models. Now the company has moved up that schedule by two years and says it will have 25 new "electrified" models on the market by 2023, and that the majority of them will be fully electric. At...

Electric Jaguar XJ flagship to compete with Tesla Model S

2019 Jaguar XJJaguar Land Rover plans to launch its new flagship with a jolt. At a recent investor day, the company said its new flagship XJ sedan will launch first as an electric model, likely in 2020. Models with gas engines are expected to follow. The automaker previously announced it will offer electric and plug-in hybrid versions of every model it sells by...

Bosch puts diesel scandal behind, pivots to electric—and fuel cells?

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencapRegulators, carmakers, and everyone still reeling from the ramifications of the Volkswagen diesel scandal have to face the future—and that means, for some of the companies involved, putting the scandal behind them and moving on with a variety platter of new technologies. Last week, the German supplier Robert Bosch confirmed a settlement with...

2020 BMW 7-Series plug-in hybrid rated just 16 electric miles

2020 BMW 745e xDrive iPerformanceAlthough the gigantic new twin-kidney grille might be the most eye-catching addition to BMW’s flagship luxury sedan, the 7-Series, the model in the lineup that’s gone through the most change might well be the one with a charge port: the 745e xDrive plug-in hybrid. The 2020 BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance can go 16 all-electric miles...