Some Clarity on the Clarity: Honda Provides PHEV, EV Details

Article updated 6/20/17 to include Clarity EV lease price and EPA fuel efficiency and range ratings. New info is in italics. Honda unveiled the other two members of it Clarity family at the New York Auto Show recently, providing some but not all of the info prospective buyers will want to know about the Clarity … Read more »

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 »