Volkswagen has increased the all-electric range on the European version of its Passat plug-in hybrid to up to 70 kilometers, according to a new report from Green Car Congress. The Passat GTE PHEV has a substantial increase in all-electric range compared to its predecessor. The plug-in hybrid features three operating modes – EV, GTE, and hybrid. The hybrid system carries 115 horsepower in combination with a 156 hp engine. Notably, in order to charge the hybrid battery while in transit, the driver of the Passat must activate the hybrid mode. Read more.