For Toyota, one focus in Europe is the sale of full hybrid cars. The range of plug-in hybrid models is also being expanded due to the funding backdrops. The Toyota Prius Plug-In Solar presents itself with a solar surface on the roof for additional charging of the battery.
Traditionally, a 530 BMW was powered by a high-torque six-cylinder engine, while the new models use a 2-liter four-cylinder combined with an electric motor as a plug-in hybrid. BMW will be equipping the model series with a significant expansion of the electrified BMW eDrive technology as early as summer 2020.
Mercedes Benz has been defining its electrified car models using the abbreviation "EQ" since 2016 and promoting the new concept with the slogan "Electric Intelligence". Over the next few years, the premieres of the BEV models will be in the foreground of the concept models presented. The plug-in hybrids already have a permanent place in the Mercedes product portfolio. From the A to the S class, there are versions with petrol and diesel engines. The test reveals the character traits of the new A-Class with two drives.
The Mini Cooper has a long tradition. In the times of the Suez crisis and the associated oil shortage, a Briton invented the small car in a new compact format. Alec Issigonis, designer at the British Motor Corporation, replaced the previously common rear-wheel drive with the space-consuming cardan tunnel with a front-wheel drive.
According to the manufacturer, the new Captur E-TECH plug-in is being launched in Germany at an entry-level price of 33.600 euros. Pre-orders from Renault partners are already possible, delivery is planned for mid-2020. The buyers of the first Renault model with plug-in hybrid drive will receive the increased environmental bonus for electric cars from 2020 if the requirements are met.
According to the registration figures, the plug-in hybrid as a drive type is currently somewhat more popular in Germany than a pure electric car. The increase is characterized by the environmental bonus and the high travel and everyday suitability of a car with a conventional combustion engine, combined with the advantages of an electric motor. We test the promised virtues and check whether the additional price compared to the pure combustion engine models is justified. Stretched body The Kia Optima looks spacious from the outside and has an elegant shape and well-designed ... Continue readingPractical test of the Kia Optima plug-in hybrid