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5 Upcoming Hybrids For Transitioning Your Fleet To Electric

5 Upcoming Hybrids For Transitioning Your Fleet To Electric

As they occupy the middle ground between petrol-powered and fully-electric vehicles, hybrids are hugely popular for businesses looking to dip their toe in the waters of electric power.

However, with such high demand, the market of hybrids is exploding, and new models are due to be released by every major manufacturer over the coming years. As each claims their vehicles have the best range, the best tech, and the best fuel efficiency, this can make it difficult to choose which hybrid is right for your business.

But not to worry, we've done some of the hard work for you. In this article, we've rounded up five of the best hybrids coming to market in 2018/2019. Do your research, take them for a spin, and allow one of them to help you and your business take a big step forward in the imminent shift to electric power.

1. Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Joining Subaru's lineup in 2019 is the Crosstrek hybrid — an electric take on an already fuel-efficient subcompact crossover.

Currently, there's little info on its power and range. However, the Japanese carmaker says it will use hybrid technology courtesy of Toyota, and therefore should fair well when put up against the Prius Prime. It won't likely be able to match its range and mpg rating, but it will make for a much more exciting offroader.

2. Honda Insight Hybrid

Showcased at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the new Honda Insight is a hybrid sedan that sits in the middle of the Civic and Accord in both prize and size.

The Insight packs a 1.5-litre engine that produces 151 horsepower in the front, and a lithium-ion battery that supports it in the rear. Together, Honda says they offer 55mpg. Add that to its bigger boot and extra legroom, and it is an all-around replacement for the Civic.

3. Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Now in its fifth generation, Toyota's flagship sedan, the Avalon, is undergoing a complete redesign for 2019 that includes a new platform with an extended wheelbase and in a few words, even more comfort.

Toyota isn't being too forthcoming on figures, but we can suppose a mpg of around 50 from its hybrid 2.5 litre 4 cylinder engine with electric motor. Its range of standard features is also undergoing an upgrade and drivers can no doubt expect the same, if not better, quality and smoothness of ride.

4. Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Having already released the Panamera 4 and Panamera 4 Turbo, the luxury German automaker knows a thing or two about powerful hybrids. But in 2019, it's releasing a new Cayenne E-Hybrid that brings the best of both worlds — power and comfort — to the market.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid features a 3-0-litre single-turbo V6 with an electric motor that pumps our 134 hp and 30 percent more capacity than the previous model. It also offers several driving modes that allow you to charge the battery as you drive and boasts a new driveline that apparently means it responds much quicker when shifting power sources. Make sure you get a model with 22-inch wheels and massaging seats.

5. Range Rover Sport Hybrid

Many not one for every employee, but as one of the most highly-anticipated luxury hybrid SUVs of recent years, we couldn't miss this one of our list.

With a V-8 under the hood and a top speed of 170 mph, the Range Rover Sport Hybrid is an eco-friendly giant. Whether you're cruising up the motorway or going off-road, you can do it all on electric power alone thanks to its 100 hp electric motor. You'll also do it from high up in the air and from miles ahead of all the other traffic, as it sits 12-inches off the ground and features four-wheel drive. What's most noticeable, however, is that it produces zero engine noise, and so is much less imposing than that of its solely fossil fuel powered counterpart.

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