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Germany Wants to Ban Gasoline, Diesel Cars in EU

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The German government has called for not just German but also the European Union to ban the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars by 2030.

In an effort to hasten the adoption of electric vehicles by mainstream consumers, Germany’s resolution is improbable, but you can’t help the country for trying. You see, it wants to reduce its CO2 emissions by 95 percent by the year 2030, and it seems the only way to so is to essentially eradicate the internal combustion engine.

Germany offers generous financial incentives for motorists who buy an electric car, but the initiative hasn’t succeeded in providing the boost in EV sales that officials predicted.

According to German outlet , the resolution is still being etched out and hasn’t been signed into a law. Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Green party, two of the main proponents, want to see it passed.

The German government has urged the EU to consider implementing the ban for all member states, but no other government has responded to the request.

Is Germany’s resolution a non-starter? Do you want to see it become law? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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2021 Toyota Rav4 Plug-in Hybrid Is The Most Powerful Rav4 Ever

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It is the most fuel-efficient and the most powerful Rav4 variant.

Toyota has revealed the 2021 Rav4 plug-in hybrid ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to the Japanese automaker, the plug-in hybrid Rav4 will utilize the most powerful powertrain in the model’s history, one that delivers “surprising performance capabilities,” including spirited acceleration and nimble handling.

That means it makes more power than the basic Rav4 hybrid variant, which makes due with 219 horsepower.

Visually, the Rav4 plug-in hybrid features unique styling touches that include a black grille and vertical LED fog lights. It will also be offered with a new Supersonic Red paint scheme and bright chrome wheels.

In related news, rival Honda recently revealed the hybrid version of its popular CR-V crossover.

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Next Jaguar F-Type To Be Inspired By C-X75 Supercar Concept?

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The British sports car could have a mid-engined layout.

Jaguar’s stunning C-X75 supercar concept may actually come to life vicariously though the generation F-Type.

According to sources that spoke with , the company is thinking about giving the F-Type’s successor a mid-engine hybrid configuration or even an all-electric powertrain, switching away from the current mid-front architecture.

Former design director Ian Callum previously revealed that he took part in designing the next F-Type, which could take some inspiration from the C-X75 concept (pictured), featuring an engine positioned just behind the cabin, one possibly sourced from BMW.

Had it been produced, the C-X75 would have done away with the concept’s micro gas-turbine generators for more traditional hybrid setup consisting of a four-cylinder forced-induction engine and a pair of electric motors.

“We could get quite close [to the C-X75],” Callum stated with regards to the next F-Type.

Jaguar still hasn’t made a decision, but it appears to be leaning towards a mid-engined design. Regardless of the configuration it ends up choosing, it’s good that the company is working on a replacement for the F-Type in a market that favors SUVs over sports cars.

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GM Kills The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid For 2020

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The decision is partly due to the automaker’s promise to go all-in on fully-electric vehicles.

General Motors has discontinue the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, with 2019 marking the final year for the partially-electric family sedan.

The move, as confirmed by company spokesperson to , comes less than a year after the Chevy Volt was killed off. It marks the end of GM’s Voltec hybrid powertrain.

The Malibu lineup received a facelift and a sportier RS trim for the 2019 model year.

Powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four engine and an electric motor, and generating a combined output of combined 182 horsepower, the Malibu Hybrid was able to deliver an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 49 mpg city, 43 mpg highway, and 46 mpg combined. However, it’s battery was too small to allow it to drive on electric power alone.

A shrinking sedan segment, coupled with the niche status of hybrid variants of traditional models, in an automotive landscape increasingly dominated by fuel-efficient crossovers made the Malibu Hybrid a tough sell.

Having shifted its focus to fully-electrified vehicles, GM has seemingly given up on hybrid vehicles. It plans to introduce 20 electric cars by 2023, including a Chevy-badged electric crossover.

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