Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids were introduced for the 2011 model year with the “extended-range electric” Chevrolet Volt and since then numerous manufacturers have emulated the formula of adding a big battery to a hybrid powertrain for part-time EV driving. They are a way for manufacturers to meet emissions regulations, and drivers may radically reduce day to day fuel consumption and emissions, while having full flexibility (no “range anxiety”) to travel far with gas fill ups. A federal tax credit from $2,500-$7,500 is available depending on battery size, as are varying subsidies in many states.

Name EV Range Body Type MSRP Available
Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma

The rear-wheel drive sporty plug-in hybrid from designer Henrik Fisker.
50 miles Coupe $96,000 Now
Cadillac Converj

Cadillac Converj

An angular, sleek, luxury concept version of the Chevrolet Volt.
40 miles Luxury $0 Concept
2013 Chevrolet Volt Review – Video

2013 Chevrolet Volt Review – Video

All-electric gas-free driving for 40-mile stretches.
40 miles Sedan $39,100 Now
2012 Fisker Karma Review – Video

2012 Fisker Karma Review – Video

In a culture where you are often perceived by what you drive, showing up in a Fisker Karma is the next best thing to being some kind of star.
33 miles Coupe $111,000 Now
Mitsubishi PX-MiEV

Mitsubishi PX-MiEV

This mid-sized SUV plug-in hybrid has triple-threat functionality as a pure electric, a series hybrid, and a parallel hybrid. Result: About 120 mpg.
30 miles SUV $0 2014
Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo appears serious about producing a plug-in hybrid wagon with 30 or miles of electric range.
30 miles Van $0 Concept
2012 Ford C-MAX Energi

2012 Ford C-MAX Energi

The segment-busting almost-a-van vehicle will offer 40+ mpg, but only five seats as a plug-in hybrid.
21 miles Sedan $32,950 Now
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Review

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Review

Toyota will begin delivery of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid in March of 2012.
10 miles Sedan $32,000 Now