Plug-in Hybrid Electric
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are hybrid vehicles at heart, but have the option to charge the battery pack by plugging it in.
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The A3 e-tron started out as an all electric vehicle. However, in May 2013, Audi announced it would not be moving ahead with the all-electric A3 e-tron, but instead would be producing it as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. First market is Germany, and Europe, in spring of 2014, with North America to follow in 2015.
The BMW i8 is the second vehicle in the BMW i brand, following the BMW i3 electric vehicle. Unlike the i3, the i8 is a full plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with an electric motor powering the front wheels and a gasoline engine powering the rear wheels making this Supercar AWD. Combined power is around 350 hp, and because of the 2 motor system and battery pack locations, weight distribution in the BMW i8 is a perfect 50/50.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is Chrysler’s first production plug-in hybrid vehicle. While it is only called the Pacifica Hybrid, it is indeed a plug-in hybrid that gets slightly more electric range than the average daily commute of 29 miles. Built on a brand-new chassis with a 9 speed transmission that handles as well as a luxury sedan, Chrysler is touting it as the first of the ‘next generation’ minivan that is loaded with technology and is set to regain some market segment from the growing CUV market.
The Ford C-max Energi is part of Ford’s C-max vehicle line. The C-max is Ford’s first dedicated hybrid line built from the ground up to be a class dominating hybrid crossover vehicle.
The C-max Energi is a plug-in hybrid that allows you to drive 21 miles on pure electric power. After the 7.4 kWh lithium ion battery pack is depleted, the gasoline engine kicks in for another 600 miles.
The Ford Fusion Energi is Ford’s second plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Using a similar drivetrain to the Ford C-max Energi, the Fusion Energi will have around 20 miles of electric range before the gasoline engine takes over. Based on the award winning Ford Fusion Sedan, the Fusion Energi is larger and more luxurious than the C-max Energi.
Rated at 115MPGe, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in has the highest EPA rating of any plug-in hybrid vehicle currently available on the market. The Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale months ahead of the non plug-in Hybrid Accord. Initial markets include California and New York. Visit the Accord Plug-in Forum for more details.
The Kia Niro is a compact utility vehicle that comes in 3 flavors – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and a full electric vehicle. Similar to the IONIQ, and sharing drivetrain components, the vehicle is the first EV from the automaker that will be sold worldwide.
Unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid has a 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder engine paired with an electric powertrain derived from the Mitsubishi i MiEV. Mitsubishi’s target is 44 MPG in hybrid mode and an all electric range of 37 miles. Sales are slated to begin in Japan in 2013, and Europe in July 2013. The US version is set to go on sale in January 2014.
The Volkswagen Golf GTE uses the same drivetrain as the Audi A3 e-Tron does. It’s expected to follow the e-Tron to market, and will have performance that closely matches the GTI. The Golf GTE will be officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014, so more information will be available after that.
The Volkswagen Passat GTE is the automaker’s second plug-in hybrid vehicle. Set to go on sale in the UK in June 2015 with deliveries happening in the second half of 2015, the Passat GTE will be available in a saloon (sedan) and estate (station wagon) version.
Powered by a 154 horsepower gasoline engine and a 114 horsepower electric motor, total system output is 215 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque that can accelerate the vehicle from 0-62 mph in under 8.0 seconds.