Volvo To Launch 2018 XC60 Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo will offer its T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain as one of three available engine choices with the new 2018 Volvo XC60 crossover, due in the U.S. later this year. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 10 seconds.] The T8 plug-in system, first introduced on the 2017 XC90, uses a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine coupled with … Read more »

Outlander PHEV Coming to America – Finally!

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV, a best-seller in Europe and Asia, is finally coming to the U.S. The plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander SUV has been promised and re-promised to American shoppers for several years but never delivered. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute.] But a Mitsubishi spokesman told AutoblogGreen that the Outlander PHEV now is slated … Read more »

2017 Prius Prime Gets 133 MPG-e Rating From EPA

Toyota officials are gleefully correcting some bad fuel efficiency info they shared last week during a press preview of the 2017 Prius Prime plug in hybrid. They assured members of the automotive media that the 2017 Prius Prime  would get a segment-leading EV mode fuel efficiency rating of 124 MPG-e from the EPA. Today the … Read more »

Next Prius: All Plug, All the Time?

It’s early days yet, but Toyota is considering making every future Prius a Prius plug-in hybrid. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute 40 seconds.] That’s the word from Shoichi Kaneko, assistant chief engineer for the 2017 Prius Prime plug-in. He dropped that tidbit during a dinner conversation Tuesday at the press preview of the new Prius … Read more »

HOV Lane Stickers Limit Lifted for Calif. PHEVs

Plug-in hybrid shoppers in California won’t have to worry until 2019 about getting HOV lane stickers enabling them to drive without passengers in the state’s carpool, or high-occupancy vehicle, lanes. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute.] The state’s legislature has voted to allow an unlimited number of those carpool lane stickers – green for plug-in hybrids … Read more »

Prius Prime PHEV Boosts All-Electric Range and Top Speed

  Toyota’s upcoming Prius Prime plug-in hybrid appears to be much that its predecessor, the original Prius Plug-In, wasn’t. [Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes.] The automaker gave a small group of U.S. journalists a look at a prototype in Japan recently and Sebastian Blanco at Autoblog Green reports that the the Prius Prime will deliver … Read more »

Plug-In Hybrid Defined

[Estimated Reading Time: Less than 2 minutes] Like a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or PHEV uses two different power systems. PHEVs differ from their conventional cousins, however, because they have high-capacity battery packs. They are charged when you plug them into a household socket or a home or commercial charging station. Thus the “plug-in” … Read more »