2020 Volvo plug-in hybrids: Bigger battery boosts EPA range, mpg

2020 Volvo XC90Volvo earlier this year announced that it was adding a little more spark to its plug-in hybrid systems in its XC60 and XC90 T8 plug-in hybrids: by boosting their electric range. Both models step up to an 11.6-kwh battery pack, from the previous 10.4 kwh pack (and 9.2 kwh just a couple of years prior). With recently released EPA ratings, that...

Audi A6 plug-in hybrid detailed, won’t come to the US

2020 Audi A6 55 TFSI e (European spec)Audi's electrification onslaught has officially begun. Between the launch of the all-electric e-tron crossover and the introduction of the flagship A8 and volume-chasing Q5 in plug-in form, we're seeing a side of Audi that was just years ago borderline irrelevant to its long-term production goals. The configuration itself shares a lot in common...

VW Golf unveiled: No more EV, more plug-in options, but diesel remains

New Volkswagen GolfOn Thursday, VW unveiled its eighth-generation Golf for the 45th year of the venerable nameplate, and one of the most prolific nameplates on the planet to usher the small car into its sixth decade of production. Although the car will be sold in nearly every corner of the world, equipped with one of eight powertrains, it won't make its way to the...

Volvo is paying plug-in hybrid drivers for all the electricity they use

2018 Volvo XC60 T8 R-Design with Polestar optimizationAs Volvo sees it, plug-in hybrids are the path toward achieving one of its high-aiming carbon-reduction goals—making fully electric cars half of its sales by 2025. To do so, the automaker plans to nudge its portion of PHEVs in the U.S. over the next 16 months, to 20 percent, up from about 4 percent today. But it also knows that plug-in...

2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid confirmed for LA auto show debut

2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid  -  teaser photoToyota has made official a possibility that has been recently suggested by execs as a next step, and all but been confirmed by spy shots: that it will make a plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 hybrid, and soon sell that in the U.S. While Toyota didn’t specify nomenclature—and thus whether it would be called RAV4 Prime, just RAV4...

Report: Toyota using Tesla-style Panasonic cells in Chinese PHEVs

2017 Toyota Prius PrimeToyota has reportedly started using Panasonic cylindrical lithium-ion cells in two of its new plug-in hybrid models for the China market. The swap was originally reported by Nikkei Asian Review, with detail that Toyota was pushing Panasonic’s regional plant capacity with its order for cylindrical cells to be used by the Corolla plug-in...

2020 Volvo XC40 PHEV arrives in the UK, still no concrete US plans

2020 Volvo XC40 PHEVVolvo's plug-in hybrid variant of its XC40 compact crossover is hitting showrooms in the UK, offering a glimpse of what we can likely expect within the next model year. The XC40 PHEV is based on its T5 trim, which is the range-topper for the small Volvo crossover. Unlike the regular T5, which gets power from a turbocharged 4-cylinder, the PHEV...