Road Test: 2018 Kia Optima PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid)

When You’re Not Quite Ready For A Battery Electric Car Surveys show that more and more American drivers are considering battery electric vehicles (BEVs) but are still hesitant in making the purchase. There are several reasons, one of which is still “range anxiety.” That’s the fear of depleting the battery’s electricity, ... Read More...

Road Test: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Clean, Spacious, Handles Great There are many options for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on the market, but affordable all-wheel-drive crossovers haven’t been among them—until now. Mitsubishi brings its past experience in electrification, all-wheel drive and SUVs to the new PHEV version of its Outlander. The brand once sold the popular Montero ... Read More...

Road Test: 2019 Chevrolet Volt

Get it While You Can During the very week I was testing the 2019 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, GM announced that it was closing the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where it’s built, in March, 2019. That’s unwelcome holiday news for the plant workers, but reflects business reality—the Volt has never been a big ... Read More...

News: Say Farewell to the Chevrolet Volt

Production Ends March 2019; No Replacement In Sight It was America’s first plug-in hybrd when introduced in 2010. General Motors predicted it would one day reach 100,000 units in annual sales. Yes, the Chevrolet Volt was a ground-breaking automobile back then, but times have changed. Buyers are flocking to crossovers, SUVs ... Read More...