HOV Lane Stickers Limit Lifted for Calif. PHEVs

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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 »

BMW’s 7 Series PHEVs Due in August

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  BMW says it will launch its long-anticipated 7 Series plug-in hybrid in August, with a U.S. price tag that will start at $90,950. [Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 40 seconds.] The 7 Series PHEVs, which carry the “i” designation BMW uses to denote its alternative powertrain vehicles, will come in three variations: the standard … Read more »

Prius Prime PHEV Boosts All-Electric Range and Top Speed

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  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

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[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 »