Latest Hybrid vehicles News

Salt Lake City police officers criticize new hybrid vehicle

Nov. 12, 2019 12:05 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some officers from the Salt Lake City Police Department have warned city leaders that new hybrid sedans are too small. The Ford Fusion Responder hybrid sedan was "not designed for police work," and "a danger to anyone that may need a police response," several officers who tested out...

Minnesota governor pursuing more electric cars for the state

Nov. 9, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is on a crusade. He wants to lower carbon emissions from Minnesota's transportation sector, and says his latest plan to adopt California rules for tailpipe emissions could help make a dent, in part by invigorating a lagging market for electric vehicles. "If we had more...

Toyota 2Q profit up 1% on healthy global sales

Nov. 7, 2019 3:55 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota said Thursday its net profit edged 1% higher in July-September as vehicle sales grew around the world. Toyota Motor Corp.'s profit for the second fiscal quarter totaled 592 billion yen ($5.4 billion), up from 585 billion yen last year. Toyota, which makes the Prius...

Edmunds: Adaptive cruise systems are not made equal

Nov. 6, 2019 6:11 AM EST

Adaptive cruise control, once only seen on luxury vehicles, has now become increasingly available on entry-level models. For example, nearly every new Honda and Toyota vehicle comes with this feature as standard equipment. Five years ago, hardly any of them offered it, even as an option. But not all adaptive...

Gov. Mills unveils new charging station for electric cars

Oct. 25, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

WEST GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says a new, fast-charging station for electric cars and incentives for more of them will help break fossil fuel companies' "stranglehold" over Mainers' wallets. Mills on Friday unveiled the new charging station at the Maine Turnpike plaza in West...

Schumer proposes $462 billion car swap - gas for electric

Oct. 24, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is moving Democrats' climate talk to where the rubber meets the road, proposing a $462 billion trade-in program to get millions of Americans out of climate-damaging gas vehicles and into electric or hybrid cars over the next decade. Schumer's rebate...

New Mexico adds plug-in vehicles to core government fleet

Oct. 8, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico was poised to add plug-in electric cars to its core fleet of government vehicles for the first time after announcing a price agreement with dealerships, moving forward with an effort to begin reducing tailpipe emissions of climate pollutants. The General Service Department...

Hybrid and electric car owners see $75 fee in car-tab bills

Oct. 6, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Beginning this month, hybrid-vehicle owners in Washington state will start paying an annual $75 car-tab fee to finance electric-car charging stations they'll never use. The little-known increase is labeled "Hybrid Vehicle Transportation Electrification" on bills from the state Department of...

Washington state enacts $75 fee for hybrid, electric cars

Oct. 1, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state policymakers have announced hybrid and electric car owners would have to start paying an annual $75 car-tab fee to finance electric-car charging stations. The Seattle Times reported that the hybrid fee would fund multiple electric-car incentives and was part of a House bill...

Washington State Patrol buying hybrid SUVs

Sep. 27, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol will buy three 2020 Ford Interceptor hybrid SUVs - the first purchase of hybrid vehicles for the agency. KOIN reports the purchase of the hybrids is a pilot project to see how well the vehicles perform and evaluate any possible savings. Washington State...