Best deals on green cars for October 2018

2019 Chevrolet VoltOne of the best ways to get people to buy green cars is the same way automakers get consumers to buy any car—by making deals. Looking at October sales, among plug in cars other than Teslas, the bestsellers were those that offer the best deals from month to month. This month, many of the same models offer the best deals. The list is compiled...

2019 Ford Fusion Energi gets longer electric range

2019 Ford Fusion EnergiFord is boosting the battery size and electric range of its Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan for 2019. The new battery will store 9 kwh, up from 7 kwh, to give the 2019 Fusion Energi a range of 25 electric miles, up from 21 miles. The bigger battery should make the Fusion Energi more competitive with alternatives such as the Toyota Prius Prime...

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gas mileage review: practical and efficient

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVThe Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid is something of a missing link in the market for plug-in cars. There are finally plenty of choices for those who want to dispense with gas entirely and buy a small hatchback. Several electric SUVs are coming, but the only one that really lives up to the automotive ideal of driving anywhere you want at a...

How many miles are enough for a plug-in hybrid? Readers respond

2017 Toyota Prius Prime and 2017 Chevrolet Volt with Green Car Reports editor John VoelckerGreen Car Reports readers and Twitter followers are clearly fired up when it comes to plug-in hybrids. When we asked in last week's Twitter poll how many miles are enough for a plug-in hybrid, we got two to three times our usual responses. We asked the question because plug-in hybrids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and capabilities. The main...

Follow-up: In the end, I bought a Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid

In the end, we chose a Prius PrimeIn an article last fall, I reached out the GCR readers for a suggestion for what plug-in vehicle I should buy to complement my 84-mile range 2015 Nissan LEAF. The new vehicle, my wife’s car, had to handle a 16 mile daily commute, occasional 300 mile trips to Vermont (a place of few DC fast chargers), and be less than $40,000. Readers...

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid first drive

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-HybridElectrified cars are all too often about numbers: electric-only range, charging time, kilowatt-hours, and, of course, value. When it comes to an electrified luxury crossover like the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, the default knee-jerk reaction is to throw out that last one. Except… don’t. READ THIS: 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid: the...

New Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid coming for 2019

2018 Subaru Crosstrek first driveSubaru announced Friday that its long-awaited Crosstrek plug-in hybrid will go on sale as a 2019 model. Last month, Car and Driver reported that Subaru filed the trademark name Evoltis with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, leading to speculation that the name could be applied to the expected plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek. Subaru...

Tesla Model S Electric Car: Software Changes Since 2012 (UPDATED)

2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue colorEven though the Tesla Model S has retained its same basic shape since it went on sale in 2012, what's going on under the hood has been anything but stagnant. The automaker's over-the-air updates for the electric car have put the old guard on notice: People expect their cars to act like the computers and phones sitting on their desks and in their...