Americans who want an SUV combined with a plug-in hybrid powertrain have had a very long wait. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV—the plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander now on sale—has been promised for several years, and it’s already a sales success in Europe. Despite being the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, it remains unavailable Stateside. DON'T MISS: Do BMW, Mercedes, Volvo Plug-In Hybrid SUVs Compete With Tesla Model X? Now it’s quietly been delayed once again—with a target on-sale date of November, and some more significant changes for the...
Less Than Half Of U.S. Shoppers Want EVs To Take Over: Discuss
If you plan to shop for a new car this year, there will be a range of plug-in hybrids and EVs competing for your attention. But according to a new survey, only about 30% of you feel comfortable considering them -- and some of you are downright offended by their presence. The news comes from...Richard Read
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: Driven
When the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale about this time next year, it will be the first mass-production vehicle from Toyota that plugs in. Yet, despite that, the Plug-In feels more like a value-added version of the Prius than a model that will be itself iconic or radically new. It's...Bengt Halvorson
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Impressions: Why It Needs An EV Button
For those who travel very short distances, the Toyota Prius Plug-In could almost be thought of as an electric car. With a battery pack that's about 5 kW-hr—many times that of the standard Prius—it can, within reason travel at highway speeds on electric power alone, or up to 14 miles or...Bengt Halvorson
Barrier To Buying Green: Electric Cars And Hybrids Confusing
Think car buyers understand what a hybrid is, or a plug-in electric car? Think again. A new survey conducted by research firm Synovate finds that many of almost 1,900 new-car "buyers and intenders" don't understand how hybrid vehicles work. Worse, most of them don't seem to understand how...John Voelcker
Toyota Smart Center Benefits Home Efficiency, Not Just Cars
We've seen Onstar from General Motors. We've heard about iPhone apps that allow you to keep tabs on how your 2011 Nissan Leaf or Smart Electric Drive are charging too, and some energy companies are wanting to develop services that keep you updated on the status of your EV. Smart-Grid technology is...Antony Ingram
While many US car buyers are still getting used to the idea of hybrid electric vehicles like the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid or the 2010 Toyota Prius, a new variation is barreling down the pike: the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, or PHEV. A plug-in hybrid uses a larger battery pack to allow the car to spend more time traveling on pure electricity, without switching on the gasoline engine. Some can travel up to 10 miles, at low speeds, using only the battery pack and electric motor. Carmakers are preparing a handful of plug-in hybrids. Toyota will test a limited run of Prius plug-ins late this...