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...

Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid caught testing and towing by spy photographers

2019 Toyota RAV4 HybridToyota may be planning to soon add a plug-in hybrid version of the new RAV4. Spy photographers for our sister site, MotorAuthority, recently caught a plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 out testing on public roads overseas. The company has long been a laggard in the movement to sell plug-in vehicles. The only plug-in model it currently sells in the...

Best deals on plug-in, hybrid, and electric cars for August 2019

First 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car    [photo: Patrick Reid]Auto-loan interest rates have started to fall slightly in August—but that hasn't yet made it any easier to find great deals on plug-in, hybrid, and electric cars. And yet, the deals are out there. Our partners at CarsDirect.com found deals as low as $179 a month in August. The good news is that Labor Day bargains are right around the corner...

Pininfarina-kissed Karma GT plug-in hybrid heading to Monterey Car Week

Karma GT by Pininfarina conceptGone is the Joker grin, as well as the walrus mustache. The new Karma GT by Pininfarina will show off its much sleeker facelift at Monterey Car Week next weekend in California. The GT by Pininfarina, which made its first appearance at the Shanghai auto show in April, is a two-door coupe version of the Karma Revero sedan. The Revero itself is an...

2020 Kia Optima Hybrid includes more active-safety features

2020 Kia Optima HybridThe 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid joins non-hybrid Optima models in making several important safety features standard. In 2019, automatic emergency braking and automatic lane control were optional on the Optima Hybrid EX and were not available on the Plug-in Hybrid. For 2020, the Optima Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid again come only in the EX trim level...

BMW doubles battery production in US for coming X3 and X5 plug-in hybrids

2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformanceBMW is doubling is battery production capacity in preparation for producing two new plug-in hybrids at its South Carolina factory. The company plans to begin producing the 2020 BMW X5 xDrive 45e plug-in hybrid SUV there on August 1, followed by the new plug-in hybrid X3 xDrive 30e in December. The two vehicles—and the expanded battery...

First drive review: Is 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid electric enough?

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-HybridYou don’t have to look long to see the counterculture influences that persist around Eugene, Oregon. Last week, mostly avoiding tailpipe emissions and driving the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid on plug-in charge, we quietly cruised past the eco-villages, community gardens, and co-ops that are a permanent fixture there, to the tie-dyes and...