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New Subaru Hybrid First Step of Automaker’s Electric Vehicle Plans – KickingTires

Subaru’s new XV Crosstrek Hybrid can go up to 25 mph on electric power alone before getting an assist from its gas engine, but a fully electric car is also on the horizon.

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The decision is being driven by California regulations that mandate automakers sell electric vehicles by 2017, according to Tom Doll, president of Subaru of America. The new XV Crosstrek Hybrid, which combines a horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, is “the first step in that process,” Doll said. The Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i are among a handful of electric cars available today.



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