2013 Infiniti M35h Hybrid

If you believe performance, luxury and fuel economy is an oxymoron, then you haven’t driven Infiniti’s 2013 M35h. The h is for hybrid … and horsepower.

Performance? The 360 combined horsepower of the V6 engine and electric motor blasts the hybrid sports sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and the quarter mile in a time of 13.9031 seconds – a Guinness Book of World Records.

Luxury? The interior is detailed, refined and awash in wood trim and high-grade leather with creature comforts befitting its luxury status.

Oh yeah, fuel economy? Considering its performance capabilities, the M35h has an astonishing EPA fuel economy rating of 27/32 mpg city/highway, with a combined rating of 29 mpg. That’s a huge leap beyond the gas-powered M37’s (the 2011 replacement for the M35) numbers of 18/26 and 21 combined.

The hybrid system, called “Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid,” was developed and engineered solely by Nissan, Infiniti’s parent company. This is the Japanese automaker’s first foray into a home-grown hybrid propulsion system and uses technologies developed for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, including the lithium-ion battery and electric motor. (Nissan’s first hybrid offering, the discontinued Altima Hybrid, was developed by licensing Toyota’s gas-electric technology.)

Nissan engineers designed the M Hybrid system to fit all of Infiniti’s rear-wheel-drive models, including the G sedan and coupe and the EX and FX crossovers. That suggests a strong hybrid path for the Infiniti luxury line.

If Nissan, the most ardent of electric car champions, is trumpeting the benefits of a gas-electric hybrid, it must say something about the enduring role that hybrids can play in improving the fuel efficiency of faster and more spacious cars that fuel up at the pumps instead of the plug. Its meaning to the green car movement shouldn’t be easily dismissed

Available in a single edition with three option packages, the 2013 Infiniti M35h has a base price starting at $54,200, a $500 increase over the outgoing model. For its sophomore year, the M Hybrid adds standard features including, auto-dimming sideview mirrors and auto-trunk cincher, and the addition of a rear sonar system to the Premium Package.

A “P2” Hybrid System

Infiniti’s hybrid system gives consumers another flavor of hybrid technology – to compete against full hybrids from Toyota/Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Ford and others. Bearing some resemblance to the two-mode hybrids from General Motors, the system design incorporates a single disc-shaped electric motor/generator, two clutches and a standard seven-speed automatic transmission with the torque converter removed. Called a parallel two-clutch system, hence the name P2, it is aimed at a blend of power and efficiency.

The “full-hybrid” architecture allows the M35h to operate on the electric motor only, the gasoline engine only, or a combination of the two depending on driving conditions and driver demands. It also saves gas by automatically shutting off the gas engine when the car is stopped. As in other hybrid vehicles, the motor doubles as both a propulsion unit and a generator that recovers energy otherwise lost during deceleration and braking.

The powertrain embodies the 3.5-liter V6 engine from the previous M35 and works with the single electric motor and two clutches. The engine uses the Atkinson-cycle valve timing that trades some power output loss for improved efficiency.

Infiniti M35h Hybrid

The twin overhead cam, 24-valve V6 is rated at 302 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. The 346-volt motor generates 67-horsepower (50kw) at 2,000 rpm and 199 pounds-feet of torque. Combined output of the V6 and electric motor is 369 horsepower. Whether propelled by the engine, electric motor or both, the energy is directed to the rear wheels and controlled by the seven-speed automatic transmission.

The first of the two clutches is a dry clutch positioned between the engine and the AC motor, which is in-line with the front of the transmission. This eliminates the need for a torque converter and allows the full decoupling and shutting down the V6 nearly any time there is adequate battery energy to power the car by electricity alone. The second clutch is a wet clutch at the rear of the transmission that allows the engine to turn the motor/generator to charge the batteries with the vehicle stationary. It also smoothes the drivetrain during shifts and when the V6 is turned on and off.

In addition to manual shift capability for the transmission, the M Hybrid has four driving modes selected by a rotary knob – Snow, ECO, Normal and Sport. Snow is for, well, snowy roads. Eco provides the best fuel economy, but performance is unexciting. Response sharpens in Normal while Sport confirms that the M Hybrid is a sport sedan.

Completing the hybrid system is a 1.4-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack positioned under the trunk’s floorboard. Like Nissan’s electric Leaf, the battery pack uses the company’s proprietary laminated-cell configuration that enhances battery cooling. Infiniti says the M35h can go 1.2 miles on electric power alone.

Most hybrid systems, including those built by Toyota/Lexus and Ford, are parallel systems, but use two motors and a planetary gearset. Since this type of system cannot decouple the engine and motor, efficiency is lower because of engine friction during electric drive conditions.

Infiniti isn’t the only carmaker to employ the P2 type of hybrid system, but its approach is different from the others. For example, Hyundai uses a separate belt-alternator-starter system, Volkswagen (Porsche and Audi) retains a conventional torque converter and BMW’s ActiveHybrid system does use a single-motor, 2-clutch, no-torque-converter system, but also (unlike Infiniti) adds a starter motor.

Lynne Says ….

Call me old fashioned, but I like chrome, and the M35h has just enough to please the eye. Infiniti’s stylists added it like a woman adds pearls to a black dress.

A premium car needs a strong face, and what a face. Infiniti’s signature double-arch, low-slung chrome grille sitting below a bulging hood conveys power when spied in a rearview mirror. Swept-back crystal-look Bi-Xenon headlights soften the grille’s impact.

Its balanced, rear-wheel drive proportions and stance, along with Infiniti’s trademark short front overhang and long hood leading back to a coupe-like slope, says the M Hybrid resides squarely in sport-sedan territory. Viewed from any angle, the styling is decidedly striking with muscular haunches punctuating its powerful stance.

Infiniti M35h Hybrid

The exterior’s curvaceous lines are reprised inside, most notably the design of the dual-cockpit dash and the swoops on the doors. The dash is a little too busy for my tastes, but control central is blessedly free of complication. Switchgear feels substantial and operates with a smooth deliberateness. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes and the serially adjustable leather seats are supportive in all the right places.

Like most manufacture-provided test drive vehicles, our M hybrid was equipped with all of the option packages: Technology, Deluxe Touring and Premium. Of all the added luxury and whiz-bang techno features – Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control, Active Trace Control – my favorite was the Blind Spot Warning, something every car of the future should include. When other cars are in the lanes adjacent to the M35h, lights in the A pillars appear and will flash, accompanied with an audio alert, if the turn signal is activated.

But there’s more. If a vehicle is in a blind spot and you begin a move towards its lane, the Blind Spot Intervention system automatically applies brakes on the opposite side of the car, prompting you to move back to the center of the lane.

I extend a mea culpa to Infiniti for questioning their claim that the M35h “is able to drive in electric only mode for as much as 50 percent of the time.” We selected Eco mode for the first three days of driving, tallied 113 miles of mostly in-town driving and, Wow!, the EV trip odometer recorded 55.4 miles – 49.1 percent solely on electric power.

In town, the hybrid system is an absolute paragon of smoothness, so much so that it is nearly impossible to feel the transition from electric power to engine power and vice versa. It surges impressively under full throttle, even in Eco mode, and delivers more than sufficient power to merge and pass, even with a full load of passengers.

Infiniti M35h Hybrid

On the highway, the car rides with supple smoothness. It’s neither BMW harsh or Lexus soft-edged comfort, and effectively soaks up bumps, expansion joints and other road irregularities.

The M35h melds equal measure of power, sport, luxury, technology and exceptional fuel economy – features I think place it on top of the luxury hybrid heap.

Larry Says ….

On a stunning fall Saturday morning, we drove south on I-5 from Olympia, Wash., and then headed east for some small town antique shopping. Mostly farmland, the two-lane blacktop roads were nearly deserted and lined with fields of yellow cornstalks, with occasional clumps of maples showing touches of autumn color.

The first 60 or so miles were near arrow straight with a few sweeping curves thrown in. During aggressive driving in the Sport mode, the M Hybrid hunkered down with the agility and enthusiasm of your favorite pooch on a dead run behind a terrified squirrel. The performance wasn’t a surprise, but lifting off the throttle was – the tach needle dropped to zero rpm, indicating that the car was running on electrons while in the Sport mode at speeds of 70-plus mph.

After finding a few “treasures” in a delightful small store, we altered our plans and drove northeast toward the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The road quickly narrowed and ahead was several miles of tight, sweeping and off-camber corners with a discernible climb in elevation. The chassis answered each curve, each load shift and lateral thrust that was encountered. The rapid, upward climb brought out the car’s balance and the excellent match of chassis and powertrain. Understeer was faint, and there was enough power on hand to induce some throttle-on oversteer.

Infiniti M35h Hybrid

Slight body roll showed up during some cornering, but not once did I have to wrestle with the car. Infiniti’s electro-hydraulic steering was accurate, responsive and certain on center. Brakes had a natural feel rather than the pulsing, almost wooden feel of most hybrid regenerative brake systems.

We, reluctantly, said good-bye to the M Hybrid a couple days later after driving 283 miles, 121 of which were on battery power – an impressive 41 percent considering how hard the car was driven. Equally impressive was the gas engine’s fuel economy of 29.6 mpg, a tad better than the EPA’s 29 mpg combined rating.

The M35h is the antidote to the everyday mundane and joyless driving hybrids that poke along the streets and highways. Yes, it’s an expensive alternative, but with this hybrid, performance, luxury and fuel economy is not an oxymoron.

The Luxo Hybrid For You?

More stringent government regulations – lower emissions in Europe, higher fuel economy in the U.S. – are forcing automakers to turn to gasoline-electric hybrids as one of the solutions to meet the new rules. This includes cars in the luxury segment, which is beginning to fill up with powerful six-cylinder hybrid sedans, such as the BMW Active Hybrid 5, Lexus GS 450h, Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, Mercedes S400 Hybrid plus, the upcoming Audi A6 Hybrid and Acura RLX Hybrid.

Infiniti M35h Hybrid

The M Hybrid’s closest competitor is the Lexus GS 450h. All new for 2013, the Lexus sport sedan hybrid bests the Infiniti’s fuel economy with an EPA rating of 29 city/34 highway and 31 mpg combined. But sipping a little less fuel comes with a cost. Priced starting at $58,950, the GS 450h is nearly $7,000 more than the M35h. For the extra money you also get a car that isn’t as quick, is less engaging to drive and has a continuously variable transmission that feels like a rubber band when it accelerates.

Power is part of Infiniti’s persona, and putting muscle in the M35h doesn’t undermine the raison d’etre of gas-electric technology: saving fuel.

 

Infiniti M35 Hybrid Price As Tested
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Base Price $54,200

Technology Package $3,050

Deluxe Touring Package $3,900

Premium Package $4,200

Destination Charges $895

Total $66,245


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  • Mr.Bear

    That will be a tough call: an Infinity M35 hybrid for $49,000 or a Chevy Volt for $45,000.

  • alancamp

    I wonder if this is the borrowed hybrid technology from Toyota. With clean and super quiet highly efficient diesels, the diesel/electric hybrid is the only way to go with larger vehicles. Otherwise, manufacturers are stuck trying to create a V6/electric hybrid that can get the fuel efficiency of a 4 cylinder, and the power of a V8.

    A Hybrid car is the perfect delivery point for the new quiet diesel engines, that consumer is looking to have the need for fuel economy met. Trying to offer a base diesel luxury car won’t really work either, since there is not enough ‘incentive’. But ‘Hybrid’ adds that. Combining the highest fuel efficient type engine with electric power seems like a no brainer. I

    I also think that this obvious ‘miscalculation’ of what the public wants, is just another way to discourage and slow down the move to full electric cars, and maintain the status quo as long as possible.

  • Anonymous

    There is no problem providing the power of a V8 with a hybrid, just drop in a bigger electric traction motor. Something akin to the 200 kw motor Raser put in the Hummer SUV. A energy storage of about 12 kwh, would provide enough buffer to allow a small range extender/steady state drive engine to sustain the battery charge over time. And you could go about 20 miles in charge depleting mode, prior to using any gas at all. For example, imagine a Volt with a 200 kw motor, rather than a 110 kw motor. And with a wireless charging system in your garage, that would automatically recharge your car when the rates are lowest, you would fit right in with the greenies without sacrificing anything except some of your hard earned money.

  • qqRockyBeans

    Why not just sell us a four-cylinder G20?
    Small luxury cars are cool

    I’d also like to see the Canadian Acura CSX and Mercedes B-Class sold down here.

  • JohnQPublic

    to alancamp:

    Unlike the Nissan Altima Hybrid which uses the licensed Hybrid Synergy Drive from Toyota (the exact same T-110 HSD transaxle as the Camry Hybrid, as a matter of fact, built by Aisin Seiki), Nissan will be putting their own in-house-developed hybrid system in the M35.

    The Toyota HSD transaxle uses one planetary gearset to mesh together the gasoline engine and two electric motors– Very ingenious, and very simple. No torque converter, no clutches, no CVT belts, no gear-shifting wear-and-tear.

    The M35 Hybrid’s system is more complicated. It sandwiches an electric motor between the engine and a multispeed transmission and fluid-coupling torque converter like in a regular car like Honda’s IMA system, but it also incorporates two clutches to engage and disengage the electric motor so that the car can be run on electric alone at lower speeds.

    I don’t like the complexity of that IMA-type system. The Toyota HSD system is far less complex, with just 22 moving parts, compared to a regular-car automatic drivetrain with 100+ moving parts plus the added clutches for the electric motor.

    Given a choice between the M35 Hybrid and the HSD-powered Nissan Altima Hybrid, I think I’d rather take the Altima Hybrid.

  • Anonymous

    You would think if there’s a real market for luxury hybrids that Ford would come out with a Lincoln-badged version of Fusion/Milan hybrid, I would think it would be the most efficient luxury hybrid as the Fusion has better fuel econ than the HS250, unless the extra weight of the luxury “bling” would bring it down significantly, am I missing something here?

  • JohnQPublic

    You’ve hit on it– The luxury hybrid market isn’t that big.

    Lexus does not sell very many hybrids.. Their hybrids account for something like 2-3% of their total sales. In the 2010 model year, Lexus expects to sell only about 20,000 HS250h’s, worldwide. The only other hybrid in Lexus’s lineup that had any significant sales is the RX400h. The LS600h and the GS450h both are not big sellers.

    The only other carmaker that has luxury hybrids for sale is General Motors with their Escalade Hybrid, and it had a hard time reaching 4 figures in total numbers sold for the whole year of 2009.

    Mercedes and BMW have their luxury hybrids in the works all this time (the Mercedes S400 Bluehybrid, and the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid), but I don’t think they have hit the market yet (and they don’t expect to sell more than a few thousand of each, worldwide).

    That is probably why Ford limited their “luxury” hybrid line to just the Mercury Mountaineer Hybrid and the Mercury Milan Hybrid, and Honda isn’t touching the luxury hybrid market with a 10-foot pole, especially after the disaster that is their quasi-luxury Accord Hybrid (so no Honda-IMA-powered Acura hybrids for the foreseeable future).

  • AP

    alancamp, the reasons you see few, if any, diesel hybrids are three-fold.

    First, diesel engines are expensive compared to gasoline engines. Add that to an expensive hybrid powertrain, battery, and power-invertor-module, and you have little chance of making up the extra cost in fuel savings.

    Second, diesel engines are heavy; heavier yet when you add the sound-deadening to make the modern “quiet diesel.” Add that to the already heavy hybrid system, and you end up with a pig.

    Third, hybrid systems don’t complement diesel engines well. Diesels are efficient at idle, so the ability to shut the engine off at idle isn’t much of a benefit. Gasoline engines are inefficient there, so the hybrid helps.

    So while diesels may make sense, and hybrids may make sense, diesels and hybrids don’t make sense together – unless fuel gets to $7/gallon, as the Obama administration would like to achieve.

  • Anon Imus

    to AP:
    OK, I’ll bite. What on earth causes you to imagine
    that the Obama admin would want gas up at $7/gal ?

  • AP

    If you follow the logic of Cap & Trade, carbon-based fuel will become very expensive. Obama himself said that utility rates would “necessarily skyrocket,” for example.

    The $7/gallon figure is from a recent Harvard study done to find out how high gas prices would have to go in order to meet Obama’s greenhouse gas goals. Since they are huge cuts, the $7/gallon figure may be about what’s necessary.

    I agree that fuel prices need to go up, to perhaps $4-$5/gallon, in order to make fuel-efficient cars viable. I just think the government should reduce other taxes to keep it revenue-neutral. Obama would rather have the government take more money.

  • Jehnavi

    This is a strange old vehicle without the call being in style. Other models in the Infiniti line up, with the exception of the FX are pretty conservative, but at least more or less passable. It’s really a pudding. And supposed to be kind state of theartish hybrid. Afraid you ll have to do much better, Nissan, Infiniti, if you want to be taken seriously in Europe (including Denmark). Guess what it shows is that whatever is in style with the American market in mind, does not translate all that well in Europe, while on the other hand, the Euro-style has a hearing significant in the upscale market in the United States.

  • Rong544

    I hope your kidding. Without the rebate there is no choice.

  • Collin Burnell

    Yes Anonymous,

    You are missing something:
    http://www.hybridcars.com/vehicle/lincoln-mkz-hybrid.html

  • JoJo

    I got into the luxury SUV market about 8 years ago, first with an Escallade and now an Audi Q7 TDI. I loved the Caddy but the fuel economy was killing me (I drive 4 kids around town @ 30k miles/year) The 7 passenger Audi diesel is great but the price of diesel rivals premium gas these days… Ugh. Before the Audi, I was looking into the hydrogen technology BMW was developing and supposed to bring to the US in 2009… What happened to that technology and why isn’t it high on the list for development? It seemed highly efficient, clean and inexpensive to run. I was thinking as part of BP’s debt to society, they could have put hydrogen refilling stations at all their locations. ???

  • Theo

    I believe the government has no incentive to bring us cheap alternative fuels. The united states makes more money through taxation of our gasoline then the petro companies make themselves, this government profit increases as prices go higher so in the desperation of our government to bring in tax revenue this is one of the perfect ways to inflate ther way out of debt. Like hydrogen natural gas is probably the most viable fuel alternative for use in the USA we are like Saudi Arabia in reserves and would be the most logical transition to energy independence ,I believe brazil has a great number of their vehicles Converted or manufactured to take advantage of this cheap alternative but when I think of if well see a network of filling stations popping up across the nation I can only doubt it when governments and petro companies ponder the great losses of revenue this would create .

  • Crissa

    My mother has had trouble trying to buy a Lexus Hybrid – apparently none of the salesmen, once you get on the lot, want to sell it to you.

  • Arnie

    That’s because there aren’t very many of them available world wide and the profit margin is greater on a more expensive Lexus. The new Lexus CT hybrid is neat but is too, small with horrible blind spots and poor rear vision blocked by the headrests, but is fun to drive. I found a HS 250h hybrid a month ago and love it. It is much roomier than the CT and is fun to drive. The luxury level of the interior is 100% Lexus , and since it is based on the Prius hybrid I am getting between 37-42 MPGs in the city and around 38 MPG on the highway. You can improve on this with careful driving techniques. The engine is larger than the Prius’ and is based on the larger Camry Hybrid engine, with total Horsepower around 185 hp. I paid $37,000 for a HS version loaded with options and don’t regret it. I had a deposit on a Prius when I found the Lexus, but the Lexus luxury in a hybrid is what I wanted. It is a much more refined, more comfortable car to drive than a Prius, but if you want 50 MPG, you are limited to a much smaller car, a Prius or Honda Insight. If you can find a Lexus HS250h, go for it. But I am afraid that it may be hard to find after the Earthquake/Tsunami. disaster The Camry hybrid is a good choice for your mother at a lower price, and is very roomy and is easier to find.

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  • gil

    Here’s the problem when you read the Infinity fine print: The only Infinitys that are AWD are the M37 and the M56. Further, you’d have to go to the V8 equivalent (M56) to get a hybrid, because the M37 is not a hybrid.

    It is mind boggling that car manufacturers continue to short change buyers interested in what should by now be common: Hybrid technology + V6 efficiency + AWD. What’s so difficult about that?

  • Anonymous

    Chev volt is not even a luxury vehicle.

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  • UNHAPPY OWNER

    I own a 2012 Infiniti M35H….STAY AWAY FROM THIS CAR…IT SUCKS, THE ACTUAL GAS MILEAGE IN THE CITY IS 16-18. THE CAR SUCKS MORE GAS THAN MY V-8 MERCEDES.

    LIVE AND LEARN, BUT IF I CAN SAVE SOMEONE ELSE THE HARDSHIP I GUESS THAT WORKS OUT.

  • pj

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  • mitchell

    Even if it does get the 27-32 MPG, it’s not “astonishing”–it has a huge lithium-ion battery that provides a greater share of the power driving the wheels than the Nickel hydride battery in conventional hybrids like the Prius and outgoing Ford Fusion.
    Auto writers need to point out the difference between Lithium- and Nickel-powered hybrid cars when making MPG comparisons.

  • BlueGTR

    @Unhappy_owner
    I am sorry to question you but Car and Driver averaged 26mpg over 1000 miles of test drive. Is there anything more to the low average mpg that you are getting?

    @mitchell
    For a car that has a total combined horsepower of 360, weighs 4,157 lbs., and goes 0-60 in 5.2 sec. AND 0-100 in 13 sec. flat. In short, very performance tuned V.S. Fusion or Prius. I am actually very impressed that the engine can shut down at 85 mph. Besides Sonata/Optima, no other hybrid currently on the market can go over to 62 MPH on electric alone.

  • Baxter13

    I can provide an alternative data point to Unhappy_Owner’s poor mileage on his/her M35h. I’ve owned mine since 31Aug2011, and over my 9,277 miles, I’ve averaged 27.5 MPG overall, with a best of 30.3 and a worst of 25.3. About 80% of my driving is high-speed interstate at about 75-80 MPH. If I keep my max speed below 65, or limit it to slower urban traffic, I can get over 33 real-MPG with gentle driving. But 27.5 MPG is my real average across multiple full-tank fill-ups, while enjoying the impressive power and speed of the car.

    (I’ll also note that the computer readout of MPG is about 7.5% optimistic on-average compared to what I actually put into the tank, but that seems fairly typical compared to other cars I’ve owned with computer-based MPG displays.)

    I’m very happy with my M35h purchase thus far; it’s very comparable in quickness to my previous Mercedes C55 AMG, with much more roominess & luxury, and only a bit-less responsiveness in handling and immediacy of power. Though I must admit that there is no comparison between the race-car feel and soundtrack of the C55 vs. the M35h, the better fuel economy and luxury of the M35h over the C55 is a worthwhile tradeoff to me.

  • tapra1

    the hybrid sedan accelerated through a quarter mile in 13.9031 seconds. The new record doesn’t best a standing Guinness mark but rather establishes the original bar in the hybrid acceleration category.jjwyy

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  • Robert Wright

    How much is it costing you to fill up the tank and how many gallons does it tank once its down to E on the gas gauge. Just got mine 5 days ago. The fuel economy gauge has only went up to 315 so far. Any feed back would be helpful. thank you!!!!!

  • Evan M

    Hi Robert,

    I just got my 2012 M Hybrid a week ago. Yes, surprised at first by the low gas mileage and trying to find others who own this car to reflect on their experiences. My first tank, even being careful, I got 22 mpg. So surprised, I drove another 100 miles on the highway, little city and got 25.7 mpg. I can live with that, but really expected MUCH better on the highway. Wondering why some are getting so much better. My electric motor RARELY turns on on the highway. If you’d like to chat and compare, please email me at evanmagic at aol.com …I’d look forward to sharing notes.

    EVAN

  • kaheb001

    We recently bought a 2013 Infiniti M Hybrid. Our first tank was averaging 33 MPG on the highway… 29 in the city.. I love the vehicle and worth the 60K we spent on it.

  • Van

    Yes, a sports sedan needs to handle well when cornering, and accelerate to 60 in less than 7 seconds. However, unless a person needs to compensate for feelings of inadequacy, cars like the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES 300 h offer much higher MPG, yet can still merge on to the Freeway without difficulty.

    Not sure what is being conveyed with the claim that the HSD cannot “decouple” the ICE? When operating at low speed in EV mode, the ICE is not turning, and it shuts down when the vehicle comes to a stop.

    Also the Volt can go faster than 62 in EV mode. And next month, I think the C-Max Energi will hit the showrooms, able to do about 85 MPH in EV mode.

    Still looking for the “two motor” hybrid system that was reported to be in the works for Nissan.

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