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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts at $27,750, comes in three trim levels

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid arrives on dealership lots with competitive pricing.

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Hyundai has announced that the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will start at $27,750. That's a little more than $4,000 more than starting price of the the non-hybrid Sonata and slightly less than the starting price of the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

The Sonata Hybrid comes in three trim levels: Blue, SEL, and Limited. The Blue base model is the most fuel-efficient, achieving a segment-leading EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined and 54 mpg on the highway. With a full tank of gas, it has a 686 miles of driving range.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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The mid-grade Sonata Hybrid SEL is designed to appeal to a broad range of customers while the Sonata Hybrid Limited gives buyers the most premium features, topping out at $35,300.

With the Sonata Hybrid Limited, buyers get the most tech features, including the unique Solar Roof System, which consists of solar-panel that directly charge the 12-volt or hybrid batteries in the car. When fully charged, the output is 205 watts of electricity, increasing mileage by about two miles per day.

Buyers can add Hyundai Digital Key to their Sonata Hybrid Limited. The Digital Key allows drivers to utilize their smartphone as a key to their vehicle. The technology also allows owners to pass off virtual key functionality to up to four others. It works by using Near Field Communication technology, which delivers a high level of security to users.

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Hyundai completely redesigned the Sonata for the 2020 model year. It's tech-forward but also features premium appointments in its cabin, comfortable seats, and a spacious trunk. The car delivers a more engaging drive than before but retains its roomy second-row of seating. Hyundai has given the model the most front leg- and headroom in its segment.

The 2020 Sonata Hybrid will go one sale at U.S. dealerships in June.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 will come in a hybrid variant

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If Ford is making anything clear these days, it’s that the future all-electric F-150 won’t just just a mundane street car. The future model will be capable of achieving the same feats as the rest of the company’s family of full-size pickup trucks, if not with more gusto than its relatives.

Ford has confirmed that the battery-electric (BEV) F-150 will be on sale in just a few years. To get to that point, there’s a lot of work that isn’t just going into product development, but also into facilities development. Demand for the F-150 BEV is expected to be high and Ford’s Rouge Complex can’t absorb it as the plant stands now.

Ford Rouge Complex The Ford plant in Dearborn will be the home of the F-150 electric truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The company will invest $700 million in the Dearborn, Michigan plant to include a new high-tech manufacturing home for the model. The investment will add 300 jobs. This $700 million is on top of the $1.45 billion that Ford is spending to equip its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan to produce the Ranger and Bronco.

"We are proud to once again build and innovate for the future here at the Rouge with the debut of our all-new F-150 and the construction of a modern new manufacturing center to build the first-ever all-electric F-150," said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. "This year's COVID-19 crisis made it clear why it is so important for companies like Ford to help keep our U.S. manufacturing base strong and help our country get back to work."

The all-electric Ford F-150 is expected to come to market in mid-2022. The redesigned 2021 F-150 will come to market later this year and include a new hybrid powertrain option dubbed the F-150 PowerBoost.

Recently, the company captured video of the F-1500 BEV testing in the wild.

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The teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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