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Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes has given its ML-Class SUV a thorough reworking, with sharper styling, more efficient engines and brand-new name. The new GLE is the first Mercedes SUV to be offered with a plug-in hybrid option, perfect for tackling BMW’s recently released X5 xDrive40e and Volvo’s stylish XC90 T8 Hybrid. Read More
Don't call it a hybrid. Christian von Koenigsegg doesn't like the term or the compromises he feels it implies. So although his all-new 1,500-hp (1.11 MW) supercar is the absolute top dog in the growing market of hyper-hybrids, he refuses to refer to it as such. When your car routes 1,100 hp and 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of V8 muscle through a 700-hp electric drive (there is no gearbox), you can pretty much call your car whatever the heck you want. Koenigsegg calls it the Regera and positions it as the absolute king of the road. We call it the most insane piece of supercar engineering we've ever covered. Read More
BMW has chosen a variant of its X5 SUV to be its first plug-in hybrid production car. Although this might seem a bit of an odd choice, the BMW X5 xDrive40e has lots of trick engineering slickly packaged in a vehicle that could bring plug-in hybrid technology to a wider potential audience than if it was used in a sedan or a sports car. Read More
It may look like a minivan with a power cord hanging out of it, but what lies beneath the rather suburban skin of the Mercedes Concept V-ision e plug-in hybrid might just be the future of hybrid drive technology. Read More
Volkswagen just hit the automotive world with a hell of a one-two punch this week in Geneva. Long wanting to get into the sporty coupe game, VW has been on again, off again with various show cars. And plug in hybrids? Why hasn't one of the world's largest automakers cracked that territory in a big way yet? Volkswagen's answer: Why not do both? Read More

Hyundai is rolling out a its first plug-in hybrid vehicle. Shown in Detroit, this week, the Sonata PHEV can can travel 22 miles before you even have to start burning fossil fuels. Read More

Mercedes has used the 2015 Detroit Auto Show to continue the expansion of its C-Class range, offering up a plug-in hybrid model to complement the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid and existing range of petrol and diesel engines. The C350 Plug-In Hybrid retains the standard C-Class' luxurious interior, but boasts a set of frugal fuel economy figures to challenge those of small-engined city-cars. Read More
Growing its GTE family of plug-in hybrid production cars and concepts, which includes the recently-revealed Passat GTE and Golf GTE, Volkswagen has revealed the Cross Coupe GTE concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The 355-hp concept car previews a US-market mid-size SUV that VW plans to begin production on by the end of 2016. Read More
Not only was 2014 a great year for sports concepts, it was a great year for green cars. Environmentally friendly production cars like the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle and Volkswagen Golf GTE made their debuts and numerous concepts provided a window into a cleaner commuting future, showcasing technologies that will get us from point A to point B without so much impact on the rest of the alphabet. Here are our favorite green concept cars from the year. Read More
The ability to plug electric vehicles into the mains raises the potential for their connecting to and powering other devices as well. Mitsubishi has announced that its Outlander PHEV can now do just that. Japanese users will be able to power their homes in the event of a power outage. Read More
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