2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV will be company's first plug-in hybrid

Subaru just announced its first-ever plug-in hybrid, and it comes in the form of its third-best-selling car, the Crosstrek. This is actually fitting in a couple of ways. First off, it’s a quick-selling vehicle, but also because the Crosstrek was the model used for Subaru’s first conventional hybrid, introduced for the 2014 model year. Sadly, […]

Lexus exploring PHEV, full EV and fuel cell versions of LS flagship

After four years of rumors about a Lexus LS powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, the chief engineer of the flagship sedan says the carmaker’s working on even more options. Toshio Asahi told Australia’sGoAuto that three alternative powertrains — plug-in hybrid, full electric, and hydrogen — are “all on the table” for consideration. Asahi wouldn’t […]

Mini Countryman Panamericana PHEV will tackle 16,000-mile trek

In addition to the electric version of the classic Mini, the cheeky British BMW subsidiary has another battery-powered offering to electrify attendees of the New York Auto Show. This one is a special version of the Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4, slated for a particularly impressive journey. The Mini Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrid — or, […]

Powerful Plug-In: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 eAWD PHEV Tested

– The Volvo XC60 T8 is a new addition to the model range as part of the compact crossover’s overhaul for 2018, offering a plug-in-hybrid powertrain, distinctive styling, and a host of safety features that set it apart from its American and European rivals in the luxury ranks. Sitting below the XC90 in the Volvo […]

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets Powertrain Tweaks, Updated Styling

– We waited years for Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander to reach U.S. shores, but we might not have to wait very long for the gasoline-electric SUV to receive some updates. Mitsubishi is releasing a 2019 Outlander PHEV for Europe with some significant tweaks to the powertrain, and we presume these changes will make […]

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets major powertrain updates, Geneva reveal

Mitsubishi will put seven of its wares on display during press days at the Geneva Motor Show, the headliner being an updated 2019 Outlander PHEV. Engineers have upgraded the entire hybrid powertrain, starting with the switch from a 2.0-liter Otto cycle gas engine to a 2.4-liter Atkinson cycle gas engine. Mitsubishi hasn’t revealed output numbers, […]

PHEV Excellence: 2018 Chevrolet Volt Tested in Depth

– Times have changed since the first Chevrolet Volt was sold in late 2010. Back then, gas prices were on the way to a generational high, and even some die-hard gas-guzzler enthusiasts were dropping their big rigs for hypermilers. These days, fuel prices are down, Americans are driving more than ever, and trucks and SUVs […]

Next-gen Porsche 911 to get 485-hp hybrid PHEV model, eventually

Automobile reports that Oliver Blume, the CEO of Porsche himself, half-confirmed a PHEV model of the firm’s most important car at the L.A. Auto Show. Blume said, “We are looking at a plug-in hybrid911. It will be launched as soon as there is a market for it, which analysts say will be around 2023.” The […]

Ford F-150 PHEV: How does 50 percent better fuel economy sound?

The Ford F-150 pickup remains yet again the best-selling vehicle in America, and now its gasoline engine options will be joined by a Powerstroke diesel to take on the Ram EcoDiesel. But if you want another, greener option, how about a plug-in hybrid powertrain? Ford doesn’t offer one. But XL Hybrids does. XL, a Boston […]