plug-in cars

  • Audi Q4 e-tron concept

    Audi on Thursday announced a dramatic expansion of its plans to develop electric and plug-in cars. At its annual shareholders' meeting, the company told investors that it plans to release 20 new electric cars along with 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2025 as part of its "four rings" plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 percent (relative to 2015 levels), while boosting profitability. That includes a target that electrified models be 40 percent of its sales volume globally. Specific gasoline models will give way to fully electric ones. The automaker revealed that the TT coupe and convertible...

  • 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e
    2020 Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid arrives in Europe

    Audi released the 2020 Q5 55 TFSI e quattro—the first of its new range of plug-in hybrids—in Europe on Tuesday, with some impressive specs. The company says the crossover will have 25.9 miles (40 kilometers) of electric range on Europe's new WLTP driving cycle from its 14.1...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime test drive, Ojai, California, Sep 2016
    Best deals on plug-in, hybrid, and electric cars for May 2019

    With rising interest rates and falling federal plug-in vehicle tax credits on some models, the best deals on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and conventional hybrids are a little harder to find versus a few months ago. Our partners at CarsDirect.com still found some leases on plug in cars as low as...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    Big deals arrive on 2019 Chevy Volt: Get one while you can

    In an effort to clear out the last of its inventory, General Motors has added the Chevrolet Volt to its list of models eligible for an 18 percent discount off sticker price this month. When it went on sale in December 2010, the Volt was the first mainstream-brand plug-in car of the modern era...

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit in Europe
    Report says Fiat Chrysler emissions deal worth $2 billion to Tesla

    Analysts should no longer be worried about whether Tesla has enough cash to meet its immediate needs. In addition to $2 billion it raised in stocks and convertible bonds last week, the company signed a deal with Fiat Chrysler last month to share its emissions credits in Europe with the...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium
    2020 Toyota Prius Prime gains seating for 5, Apple CarPlay, revamped lineup

    The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid gains some important functionality, even though some of the key specifications for range and efficiency haven't changed. The most important improvement, perhaps, is that the Prime now offers a third seat in the center-rear, making it a five-passenger car...

  • Karma SC1 Vision Concept  -  2019 Shanghai auto show

    Karma Automotive doesn't have just one vision for its future. It has three. The Southern California automaker unveiled a trio of new vehicles at the Shanghai auto show this week, ranging from a near-production look of the next version of the Karma Revero to a fanciful concept called the SC1. The third, a design experiment done in partnership with Pininfarina, was present to show another way that the Revero, and Karma's overall design language, could evolve. The vehicles and the display booth are part of Karma's delayed introduction party to the Chinese market. Even though Chinese automotive...

  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
    Sales of electric cars droop so far this year, amid Tesla issues

    By any measure, sales of plug-in cars had a bad first quarter. Even with the addition of a couple of compelling new models, total sales of cars with plugs, led by Tesla, dropped from 101,338 in the final quarter last year to 92,210 in the first quarter of 2019. In fairness, the fourth quarter of...

  • 2020 Kia Soul EV first drive  -  South Korea  -  April 2019
    Tesla changes, EPA updates, tax credits, Kia Soul EV review: The Week in Reverse

    Which U.S. state may regain the title of lithium-mining capital? What model will Tesla quit selling online? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending April 12, 2019. Tesla shook up its lineup again on Friday, announcing leases for...

  • Honda Clarity Electric at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017
    Best deals on electric, plug-in, and hybrid cars for April 2019

    Just because tax credits are winding down on some of the most popular plug-in cars doesn't mean there are no deals to be found. Green Car Reports' carbuying partners at CarsDirect.com scour automakers' rebates and incentives every month and have found some great lease and sales discounts on...

  • Volvo Polestar Engineered models
    2020 Volvo XC60 T8, 2020 V60 T8 plug-in hybrids get Polestar Engineered performance

    Lots of EV drivers know electric cars are fun to drive; why shouldn't plug-in hybrids be too? That's the approach Volvo is taking with its new 2020 XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrid, and the latest addition to its plug-in hybrid and Polestar Engineered fleet, the 2020 V60 T8 Polestar...

  • 2012 Fisker Karma from the Rogers' Classic Car Museum collection
    Karma gets hit with Fisker recall over airbags

    The Takata air-bag inflator recall is the largest recall in automotive history and it's affected automakers from every corner of market. The latest is Karma, the maker of the Revero, continuation of the former Fisker Karma exotic plug-in hybrid. Last month, the NHTSA released a recall notice...

  • Ford Transit Custom plug-in van

    More electric cars need more electric chargers—especially in and around cities. Most charging may be done at home but to give drivers confidence to go where they want, or for city-dwellers to effectively drive electric cars, convenient public charging will be key. Now, Ford says it has developed a new algorithm to help locate public chargers—especially fast-chargers—where drivers travel so they don't have to go out of their way to get to charger. The announcement came Tuesday as London implemented a new ultra-low emissions zone. "In locating these additional charging points...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    With the Volt discontinued, how should Chevy use the name now? Take our Twitter poll

    The Chevrolet Volt has one of the all-time great names for a plug-in car—even better than its former European sibling the Opel Ampera, based on sales at least.The company even used the name on an experimental plug-in hybrid wagon in 1980. It would be a shame to see such a great electric-car...

  • Redesigned Karma Revero teaser
    Karma Revero gets more power, BMW 3-cylinder

    The Karma Revero is getting a long-needed update later this year, and the company has just revealed a few details. You'll recall that the Revero is the continuation of the original Fisker Karma, which went on sale in 2011. The company and its manufacturing facilities for the Karma were bought out...

  • 2019 Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid
    Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid released for Europe

    Ford made big news with its new Escape Hybrid and plug-in hybrid last Tuesday, but they weren't the only new plug-in SUVs the company announced. In the same announcement in Europe, the company revealed a new plug-in hybrid Explorer that will go on sale there later this year. DON'T MISS: 2020 Ford...

  • President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Obama, buy that Volt!

    Our current President, Donald Trump, has made it abundantly clear where he stands on electric cars. It’s quite a contrast to our former President, Barack Obama, whose administration widely supported policy fostering more fuel-efficient vehicles, greener energy, and the path to more vehicles...

  • 2020 Volvo XC90
    Volvo to boost plug-in hybrid production to 25 percent of fleet

    While other automakers are moving away from plug-in hybrids to electric powertrains, Volvo is finding unexpected success with its lineup of plug-in hybrids. At a recent roundtable with journalists in Sweden, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said the company is disappointed that it underestimated demand...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

    As more and more long-range electric cars such as the Audi e-tron quattro, the long-range Nissan Leaf Plus, and the Kia Niro and Soul EVs make their way onto the market, some are starting to offer great deals. Every month, our partners at CarsDirect.com sift through all the deals offered that month to find those that represent the best long-term value for drivers. For leases, this breaks down the overall monthly costs including amortizing any "down payment" capitalized cost reduction and fees. This month, they found lease deals for as low as an effective $239 a month, as well as some deals...

  • Redesigned Karma Revero teaser
    Karma plans to relaunch with three new models at Shanghai auto show

    Karma, the company that started as the new maker of the Fisker plug-in hybrid (and once Tesla-fighter) of the same name—now called Revero—plans a new birth, four years after buying the company out of bankruptcy. At next month's Shanghai auto show, the company plans a product revival led...

  • Mother-daughter team installs battery packs in Chevrolet Volt electric cars
    2020 Trump budget would pull plug on electric vehicle tax credit

    In his budget aimed at cutting $126 billion or 5 percent from non-defense federal spending, President Trump proposes to eliminate the plug-in vehicle tax credit that gives electric-car buyers up to $7,500 back on their federal taxes. Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow says he expects ending the...

  • Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
    Tesla stores, plug-in Jeeps, EPA fuel-economy, Colorado charging: Today's Car News

    Tesla reversed its decision to go online only, and is keeping many stores open. Fiat Chrysler announced two new plug-in Jeeps for Europe. An annual EPA report shows rising fuel-economy standards are working—just as the EPA plans to gut them. And a new program aims to get Colorado ready for...

  • 2019 Jeep Renegade
    Jeep announces two more plug-in hybrids, for Europe

    Last week, Fiat Chrysler announced plans, along with a $4.5 billion investment, to expand its lineup of plug-in hybrids, including plans to build two new plug-in hybrid Jeeps in the U.S., including the Grand Cherokee and new versions of the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer planned to roll out in...

  • BMW X3 xDrive30e
    BMW X3 xDrive 30e builds out plug-in hybrid lineup

    BMW has recently announced that it will upgrade two mainstays of its plug-in hybrid lineup in the U.S. with the new 2020 X5 xDrive 45e and an updated 530e for 2019. In between, BMW now says it will launch a new plug-in hybrid version of its bestselling model, the X3 for the 2020 model year. The...