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 »

2017 Prius Prime: A Toyota Prius Plug-In You Can Love

The 2017 Prius Prime looks good, delivers 25 miles of electric range and in hybrid mode gets 54 mpg in combined city/highway driving. _____ (Article updated 10/4/17 to include  EPA efficiency rating of 133 MPG-e.) _____ Toyota hit an uncharacteristic blooper with its last plug-in hybrid Prius, but it well may have a home run … 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 »

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 »

Plug-In Car Shopping Made Easy, Part 1.

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The horror stories abound. People out shopping for a plug-in vehicle, whether a plug-in hybrid or a battery-electric car, or EV, often find themselves in dealerships with sales people who don’t know much about the cars, can’t answer basic questions and would rather sell gas-burners.

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