Tag Archives: PHEV

Plug-in versus full hybrid: a primer

Jim Travers broke down the difference between hybrids and plug-ins in a new piece at Cars.com. He notes that it is relatively simple: plug-in hybrids have the capability to charge their batteries through an outside electrical source. Regular hybrids do not have this option, and recharge their batteries through a combination of braking, ICE use, and other mechanisms. PHEVs also…

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Wireless charging coming to the US courtesy of BMW

BMW is set to release its wireless charging option for its 530e PHEV. Production of the charging pad begins in July, with rolling release to Germany, the UK, and then the US, followed by Asia. The charging pad will charge the 530e’s battery in 3.5 hours with an efficiency rate of 85%, according to Green Car Congress. The charging pad,…

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Porsche to release two hybrid versions of its 911 car in 2019

Auto Express has confirmed that Porsche will release two hybrid versions of its 911 model in 2019. Both hybrid variants will be plug-ins, with the rumored battery expected to weigh-in at 550lbs. The more expensive hybrid variant will deliver 700hp generated by a twin-turbo version of Porsche’s traditional engine. The less expensive hybrid version will have a 0-60 time of…

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2018 Honda Clarity PHEV is a contender

Honda’s 2018 Clarity PHEV is a mid-size sedan with a set of features and add-ons that differentiates it from others on the market. The Clarity PHEV has significant trunk space, generous acoustics and a notably quiet drive. Optional trim packages add a sense of luxury as well, according to James Riswick at Auto Blog. The PHEV is rated at 110MPGe…

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hits the States

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV is the first major non-luxury crossover PHEV in the United States, with two electric motors alongside a four-cylinder engine. The 2018 model offers three modes: full electric, parallel hybrid, and series hybrid, with the vehicle switching between the modes automatically (as the driver selects various battery modes). Auto Blog’s Joel Stocksdale says, “if you’ve been wanting a…

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Around the USA: States buying the most EVs

Around the United States, electrified vehicles are picking up steam. Eric Schaal at Cheat Sheet broke down which states are leading the buying spree. California came in number 1, with 7.5% of all vehicles electrified. Though unsurprising that the state had the highest percentage of EVs, what did surprise was California’s EV of choice: the Chevrolet Bolt EV. In a…

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Volvo introduces its PHEV Polestar 1

Volvo’s Polestar has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show. The PHEV, known as the Polestar 1, has 93 miles of all-electric range which is one of the longest all electric ranges available. The Polestar 1 has dual electric motors in combination with a four-cylinder gasoline engine. Green Car Congress has an in-depth look at the Polestar’s…

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Subaru to join the hybrid pack

Subaru will launch its first plug-in hybrid later this year. The company is finally making good on its 2013 promise of a hybrid vehicle. Though Subaru has not yet announced which of its models will utilize a hybrid system, it has stated that the PHEV will employ the same system found in Toyota’s Prius Prime. Beyond PHEVs, Subaru looks to…

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Ford rumored to bring hybrid Explorer in 2020

The Ford Explorer, a leader in the market, is in for an upgrade. TTAC reports that the new Explorer, to be unveiled in 2020, will offer a hybrid engine, and the car’s Lincoln equivalent will offer a plug-in version. With the expansion of the Explorer offerings, Ford seeks to continue to grow its market share in the mid-size SUV range.…

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