TodayApril 17, 2022

Hybrids; past, present and future

Hybrids of America

We keep hearing how many hybrids are being sold and how many are coming out. The first Honda Insight was sold until July of 2005. Since then 311,718 hybrids have been sold. Hybrids currently available on the market, along with how many have been sold since their inception are;

Ford: (11,795)

Ford Escape(11,795)(first American hybrid)

Honda: (99,143)

Honda Accord (10,376)
Honda Civic (75,882)
Honda Insight (12,885)(first hybrid in the United States)According to John Mendel, Senior Vice President auto operations, American Honda sales, they are not sure if an Acura hybrid will come out, but if it does it will most likely use the Honda hybrid system.

General Motors: (2,500)

Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra (mild hybrid) (2,500)
New Flyer hybrid buses using Allison Electric Drive ( 364 buses in 25Cities in the U.S., Canada & Yosemite National Park)


Mazda Demio (Japan)


Renault Kangoo (France)

Toyota: (198,280)

Hybrids; past, present and future

Hybrids; past, present and future

Toyota Prius (182,854)(most popular hybrid)
Lexus RX 400h (10,029)(Harrier in Japan)
Toyota Highlander (5,397)(Kluger in Japan)
24 passenger Coaster Bus (Japan)
Toyota Crown (Japan)
Toyota Estima (a 3/4 Previa) (Japan)
Alfard (Japan)
HINO diesel/hybrid two variants of package delivery trucks (Japan) Future Hybrids:


Chevy Silverado/Sierra mild hybrid (in all 50 states)

Dodge RAM HEV (less than 100; fleet only)

Mercury Mariner

Nissan Altima

Toyota Camry


Dodge Durango SUV

Saturn VUE

Lexus LS 600h V-8

Mazda Tribute

Mercury Mariner

VW Touran (according to Reuters, made by Volkswagen and Shanghai Automotive for the Chinese market)



Ford Fusion
Mercury Milan

General Motors

Chevy Malibu
Chevy Yukon/GMC Tahoe (two-mode full hybrid)

Toyota Prius in China (made in Japan, assembled in China and sold in China)Toyota Sienna Van (according to auto industry insider)

Hybrids; past, present and future

Hybrids; past, present, and future


General Motors

Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra (two-mode full-hybrid)
Dodge Ram Pickup

Concepts: If the concepts shown below could say anything it is that DaimlerChrysler/Mercedes-Benz will probably be the first automotive group that will come out with a diesel-hybrid, and it will probably incorporate Fuel-Saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SRC).

Chrysler ESX3 (shown some seven years ago as a diesel-hybrid)
Mercedes-Benz Bionic (aka boxfish; diesel-hybrid with SRC that gets 84mpg)
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (diesel-hybrid)

Hybrid Suppliers

Toyota uses its technology and Ford licenses part of the technology.

According to Reuters, German automotive suppliers Continental AG and ZF Friedrichshafen have joined forces to develop hybrid technology, ZF said on Tuesday.

BMW, Daimler Chrysler, and General Motors have just signed an agreement to use the same hybrid system (created by General Motors) on their vehicles.

Hybrids; past, present and future

Hybrids; past, present and future

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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