Longer-range plug-in hybrids for 2021

In late 2010, the Chevrolet Volt became the first production plug-in hybrid sold in the United States. GM’s marketing team, which massively underestimated its importance, could have prevented the Volt from reaching its maximum potential. Unlike a traditional hybrid, you could drive 35 miles on electricity, and unlike a first electric vehicle, you could take a long highway trip without paying Tesla money.

As well as being the United States’ first PHEV, the Volt was one of the few hybrids in the series. Unlike most PHEVs using a gasoline engine with a transmission to the wheels (parallel hybrid), a series hybrid would use the gasoline engine as a generator to supply power to the battery or electric motor. Production hybrids allow smooth electric acceleration at all times, and acceleration in “EV” or “gasoline” mode will be similar.

Since the Volt was built from the ground up as a PHEV, very few automakers have followed the Volt’s formula. Most of the new plug-in hybrid vehicles are parallel hybrids because they are simply easier to design on a currently used ICE platform. In many cases, PHEVs based on ICE cars are actually cheaper than non-hybrid versions because PHEVs are eligible for tax credits. Each vehicle on this list is eligible for the federal tax credit of $ 7,500, with the exception of the Santa Fe Plug-in and Escape PHEV, which are $ 6,587 and $ 6,843, respectively.

For example, the BMW X5 45e actually costs $ 3,800 less than the X5 40i, including the federal tax credit. Compared to the regular X5, you could have sharper offline acceleration, regeneration (less brake wear) and go 50 km on the battery alone. Thirty-one miles might not seem like amazing, but for grocery shopping, commuting to work, or just driving around town, that’s 31 miles in savings of about 50% on potential gas costs (using 3 , $ 14 for gasoline and $ 0.13 for each kWh).

Nonetheless, meet the longer range PHEVs available this year.

Released later this summer, the 2022 Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid is Hyundai’s first midsize SUV with a charging port. While its price has yet to be announced, it should be a bit more expensive than the regular hybrid, which is around $ 34,000. Its EV range is set at just over 30 miles, which is above average for PHEV crossovers. While all of the specs look great, the downside to the Santa Fe plug-in is that it’s only sold in eleven states.

  • Price: to be determined (speculatively in the upper 30s)
  • EV range: 31 miles
  • Battery size: 13.8 kWh
  • Total range: 430 miles
  • Tax credit available: $ 6,587
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid exterior

Stellantis is the only brand that currently offers a plug-in hybrid van. A plug-in hybrid minivan is great for many reasons, but the most obvious is that most city trips will be electric and road trips can be gasoline. However, unlike most of the other options, there is no way to switch from pure electric to hybrid mode. The car will choose for you, so the only way to keep it in “EV mode” is to lightly press the pedal. Either way, with a range of 520 miles and the versatility to use both gasoline and electric propulsion, the Pacifica Hybrid may be one of the best new minivan options.

  • Price: $ 41,995
  • EV range: 32 miles
  • Battery size: 16 kWh
  • Total range: 520 miles
  • Tax credit available: $ 7,500

Lexus’ second most popular crossover, the NX, is loved by Bichon Frize owners and golfers. Unlike conventional NX and NX hybrids, the NX450h + will be the most efficient and fastest Lexus crossover to date. The NX450h + can go from zero to sixty in less than six seconds, and it will have an 18.1 kWh pack, allowing for an impressive 36 miles electric range. Although it shares the same technological foundations as the RAV4 Prime, its range will be slightly less due to the added weight of Lexus.

  • Price: to be determined (speculatively in the 1940s)
  • EV range: 36 miles
  • Battery size: 18.1 kWh
  • Total range: TBD (speculatively greater than 500s)
  • Tax credit available: $ 7,500
Ford Escape PHEV

The Escape Plug-in Hybrid is Ford’s other plug-in crossover. Unlike most other options, the Escape plugin only offers an FWD setup, but it’s not too badly priced, so it’s not a total waste. Its 14.4kWh pack gets the 37-mile Escape plug-in without gasoline, which is great, but other than that, there’s nothing too noticeable. If you are looking for a very efficient crossover, the Escape plugin is a good option.

  • Price: $ 33,075
  • EV range: 37 miles
  • Battery size: 14.4 kWh
  • Total range: 520 miles
  • Tax credit available: $ 6,843
Toyota RAV4 Prime 2021: review

The Toyota RAV4 is everywhere; it is the omnipresent specter that haunts the streets of the suburbs. Most RAV4s generally have fairly average specs, but the RAV4 Prime does not. The Prime can travel 42 miles on a single charge, making it the longer-range PHEV crossover. It also has a total output of 302 horsepower, which can take the Prime to sixty 5.7 seconds. Plus, it comes standard with all-wheel drive, and overall the RAV4 Prime is the strongest option for plug-in hybrid crossovers.

  • Price: $ 38,100
  • EV range: 42 miles
  • Battery size: 18.1 kWh
  • Total range: 600 miles
  • Tax credit available: $ 7,500
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid First Test

* Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid production to end in August 2021.

Honda has produced three vehicles in the Clarity lineup: a fuel cell, fully electric, and plug-in hybrid variant. The fully electric vehicle was the first to be used, but the plug-in and fuel cell are still available at some dealerships. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is similar to the Volt as it is a production hybrid which is a big plus. Its range is more than enough at 47 miles, but the 2016 Volt could hit 53. Clarity is a decent option, but you’re probably better off looking at a used Volt and saving the extra money.

  • Price: $ 33,400
  • EV range: 47 miles
  • Battery size: 17.0 kWh
  • Total range: 340 miles
  • Tax credit available: $ 7,500
2020 Polestar 1

* Global production of the Polestar 1 will end later this year.

Polestar’s first car was also his halo car. The Polestar 1 ticks just about all of the boxes when it comes to insanity. Its 2.0L engine is not only turbocharged, but also supercharged. Its battery is 34 kWh, which is bigger than that of the Mini Cooper Electric. Total power is 600 horsepower and can produce 738 lb-ft of torque. However, all of these specifications come with an expensive tag of $ 155,000.

  • Price: $ 155,000
  • EV range: 52 miles
  • Battery size: 34 kWh
  • Total range: 470 miles
  • Tax credit available: $ 7,500
Karma GS-6 and GSe-6 go on sale for $ 83,900 and $ 79,900 respectively

The Karma GS-6 is Karma Automotive’s cheapest car to date. Despite what most believe, Karma Automotive currently has no relationship with Fisker Automotive or Fisker Incorporated. When an investment firm bought out and then bankrupted Fisker Automotive in 2014, the new team pulled an HGTV to create Karma Automotive. Unlike Fisker Automotive, Karma ditched the outsourced production plan and built its own plant in Southern California near its headquarters to provide greater stability.

Despite a design similar to the 2018 Karma Revero and the 2012 Fisker Karma, the GS-6 has many improvements. Since the Revero GT, Karma has ditched the GM four-cylinder for a quieter, more efficient I-3 from BMW. Karma also fitted more powerful electric motors, developing 536 horsepower and allowing a 0-60 second time to be less than 4 seconds. The interior is also a massive upgrade with new screens and a surprisingly well-optimized infotainment screen.

Its electric-only range is rated at 61 miles, but it’s important to note that this is a production hybrid, so you’ll get the benefits of an EV even when the generator is on. Plus, it’s priced much lower than the Revero, going over $ 80,000.

  • Price: $ 83,900
  • EV range: 61 miles
  • Battery size: 28 kWh
  • Total range: 360 miles
  • Tax credit available: $ 7,500
BMW i3 2018

* I3 deliveries in the United States will end in July 2021.

The BMW i3 REx is the “PHEV” with the longest EV range on this list. Take it with a grain of salt as its status as a plug-in hybrid is debated. Some insurance groups classify it as an “EV”, but some states consider it a “hybrid”. BMW does not mention that it is a PHEV on the i3 website, but rather calls it a “fully electric compact sedan”. It’s correct; BMW calls the i3 a “sedan” for the US market (the best of marketing).

Technically, this is a standard plug-in hybrid, but it offers no possibility to engage the gasoline engine in vehicles sold in the United States without having to code it. So if you’re about to go a long stretch of road at 75mph, you’ll need to use the battery first until it’s at a percentage digit, and the generator will fire automatically.

It also has an electronically limited 2.5 gallon (1.9 usable liters) gas tank, which provides about 70 extra miles depending on driving. Despite the minimum gasoline range, it has the longest EV range on this list at 126 miles. Whatever your take on the i3, it’s important to note that it’s the cheekiest option on this list.

  • Price: $ 48,300
  • EV range: 126 miles
  • Battery size: 42.2 kWh
  • Total range: 200 miles
  • Tax credit available: $ 7,500


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