plug-in hybrid


Koenigsegg Regera, 2015. The Swedish hybrid hypercar is powered by the combination of a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and three electric motors – one for each rear wheel and one on the crankshaft. The combined output is ranked at “over 1500Bhp” (1520hp) and “over 2000Nm” (1475 lb.ft) of torque. Eighty Regera’s are to be built in the next five to six years, each will cost $1.89 million (around £1.23m) before tax

Antworten zum Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Antworten zum Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Warum besitzt der Plug-in Outlander einen Benzinmotor und zwei Elektromotoren?

Der Outlander PHEV wurde zur Steigerung der Effizienz, von Grund auf als Plug-In Hybrid, mit einem Benzinmotor und zwei kleineren Elektromotoren konzipiert und ist somit zu 100% Alltagstauglich. Eben auch für Langstreckenfahrten. Die Elektromotoren der Vorder- und Hinterachse agieren unabhängig voneinander, dadurch…

View On WordPress


The Porsche 918

The 918 will be the next addition to the Porsche two seat car family.

However, unlike its performance predecessors, the 918 is a hybrid.

Also, unlike all of the other Porsche rear engine sport cars, the 918 is a mid engine.

The last mid engine car to be produced by Porsche was the Carrera GT, which had a V10 power plant.

The 918 on the other hand has a 4.6 liter V8

The V10 motor from the Carrera GT produced 612 horsepower. The 918’s V8 will produce around 570 horsepower.

Unfortunately for the 918, it weighs almost 700 lbs more than the Cerrera Gt. But do not worry! Because I have yet to mention the two electric motors, located at the front of the car. 

The two electric motors have a combined output of around 230 horsepower. Working in conjunction with the V8 motor the 918 can have a output of 800 horsepower. WOW! Sorry Carrera GT you lost.

Combining 800 horsepower with the variable all wheel drive, the 918 will rocket you from 0-60 in only 3.2 seconds. Which when compared to the Carrera GT’s 3.9 seconds 0-60 time, the performance is on a whole new level.

And it gets better! The 918 can get close to 70mpg, suck that Prius!

But due to the power needed to run the two electric motors, the 918 can only run 15-20 miles on just electric power. But need not fear, it is a plug in hybrid.

While the performance and mpg numbers are enough to make any car lover drool. This car will put a nice large dent in your bank account. How about a nice 845,000 U.S. dollar dent. For reference, the Carrera Gt is priced between 300,000 to 440,000 dollars.

But hell it’s a hybrid everyone! Is it not a step in the right direction? Faster than many of the performance cars on the market, and it gets gas mileage that would make a Prius jealous. Production is set to begin in late 2013.

I have found inconsistent information all around the internet about the specs of the 918. But everyone agrees about it being a plug in hybrid!

Volvo Announces World's First Production Diesel Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo announced today that they will be unveiling the new V60 Plug-In Hybrid at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show.

Up front, the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid will have a 2.4 Liter five-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces 215 HP and 320 ft/lb of torque.

Out back is where the Volvo wagon gets even more interesting. Making its debut in the V60 Plug-In Hybrid is a rear axle with what Volvo calls ERAD, or Electric Rear Axle Drive. ERAD features an electric motor that puts out an additional 70 HP from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

For those of you doing the counting that means that this Volvo V60 not only has AWD, but also 285 HP and a monstrous 467 ft/lb of torque.

The V60 Plug-In Hybrid gets even better. In order to appeal to a wider audience, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid features three new driving modes.

“Pure” is the Volvo’s electric only mode. On a full charge from your household electrical supply, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid will have a range of 32 miles, or about equivelant with the Chevrolet Volt.

“Hybrid” mode is fairly self-explanitory and it uses the diesel engine in conjunction with the ERAD system for more power and optimum fuel enconomy.

The most interesting mode is “Power.” This mode combines the two powerplants for optimum performance- allowing it to hustle from 0-62 MPH in a respectable 6.9 seconds.

Combining diesel and electric powertrains in a production automobile is frankly genious. Diesels are more efficient then gasoline engines and are perfect for applications where you’re trying to get optimum fuel economy- especially in a hybrid.

While there is no word yet on whether or not while be seeing the V60 Plug In Hybrid on our shores, it will be making its debut in Sweden next year.

UPDATE: According to the fine folks at, a source within Volvo said that it is highly unlikely we’ll be seeing the V60 Plug-In Hybrid on our shores, at least with a diesel. A non-diesel variant isn’t out of the question though.

Dauertest: 10.000 km im Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Dauertest: 10.000 km im Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

10.000 km im Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Steigende Benzinpreise, endliche Ölvorräte, weniger CO2-Emissionen oder der mit viel Pathos vorgetragene Wunsch, einfach mal an die nächste Generation zu denken. So oder ähnlich könnte der Gedankengang gewesen sein, der zum Kauf eines Plug-In Hybrid führt.  mein-auto-blog.deführte jedoch etwas ganz anderes im Schilde. Wir wollten wissen, wie…

View On WordPress

Your plug in hybrid? Yeah, it ain’t that great. It’s terribly annoying being a fully electric vehicle driver, constantly having to deal with plug in hybrid’s plugging into free electric charging stations. Here’s why…

If you’re going electric for the ability to drive electrically, then these cars (all of which are plug-in hybrids) are not for you.

  • BMW i8 – Electric-Only Range = 0 to 14 Miles
  • Ford C-Max Energi – Electric-Only Range = 0 to 19 Miles
  • Ford Fusion Energi – Electric-Only Range = 0 to 19 Miles
  • Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid – Electric-Only Range = 0 to 13 Miles
  • McLaren P1 – Electric-Only Range = 0 Miles
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid – Electric-Only Range = 0 to 15 Miles
  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid – Electric-Only Range = 0 to 6 Miles
Some plug-in hybrids do not get this dreaded 0-mile rating.  For example, the Porsche 918 Spyder is rated at 12 miles, while the BMW i3 REx gets 72 miles and the Chevrolet Volt gets 38.  Per the EPA, all vehicles listed on this page are plug-in hybrid.  Some are more plug-in, less hybrid.

Not even 20 f'n miles!!! My Fiat 500e fully electric vehicle gets ~90 mpc (miles per charge). And I never have to go to a gas station again. The plug in hybrids are the establishment beholden to the gas companies, trying to hold onto an old broken energy paradigm. 

News: Volvo S60L T6 Twin Engine - Langer Sparer für China

News: Volvo S60L T6 Twin Engine – Langer Sparer für China

Eine Plug-in-Hybridversion der langen Mittelklasselimousine S60L stellt Volvoauf der Auto Show in Shanghai vor (22. bis 29. April). Den Antrieb der T6 Twin Engine genannten Version übernimmt die in ähnlicher Form auch beim Oberklasse-SUV XC90 eingesetzte Kombination aus Vierzylinder-Benziner und einem Elektromotor an der Hinterachse. Gemeinsam stellen die Triebwerke 225 kW/306 PS bereit, den…

View On WordPress

#Didyouknow Day 3: Transportation and Wind Power

Fact #3:

Driving costs 15 cents per mile for gasoline today, while a wind-powered electric car would cost less than 3 cents per mile (the equivalent of 70 cents per gallon), saving you over $1,400 every year.

Click here for Fact #1

Click here for Fact #2

Remember to “like”, tweet, comment and share the facts you like best.  Check back tomorrow for fact #4!


Volkswagen has actually revealed their new 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE plug in hybrid ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the popular 2015 VW Golf GTI and GTD versions, the brand - new GTE turns the sporty hatchback into a plug-in hybrid that can take a trip as much as 31 miles in complete electric mode.

If you want to read more about this car, click on this link.

If you want to read more about new cars, follow this link.

For more general knowledge, visit Wikipedia.

News: Mercedes C-Klasse - Neue Basis und mehr Auswahl

News: Mercedes C-Klasse – Neue Basis und mehr Auswahl

In weiteren Antriebsvarianten ist nun die MercedesC-Klasse zu haben. Als Basismodell fungiert ab sofort der C 160 mit einem 95 kW/129 PS starken Vierzylinder-Turbobenziner, das als Limousine ab 31.684 Euro zu haben ist. Für den T-Modell genannten Kombi werden 33.350 Euro fällig. Der Einstiegspreis in die Mittelklassebaureihe sinkt somit um jeweils rund 2.000 Euro gegenüber dem bisherigen…

View On WordPress

Electric Cars

There has been quite a buzz around the country over electric vehicles for the past few years. It appears that the market for electric cars is growing, due a variety of incentives these vehicles provide. People may decide to buy an electric vehicle because they consume less energy, have fewer emissions, save money, or, in some states, permit them to use HOV lanes with only one occupant. These are different types of electric cars, including hybrids, plug in hybrids, and plug in electric vehicles. These terms have important differences including whether the cars can use gasoline, if they can accept a charge by plugging them in, and variations in the ranges of these vehicles when fully fueled and/or charged.

To start we should take a look at how conventional gas or diesel cars operate. These types of cars are the typical non-hybrid cars we see driving around. They use gas or diesel to power their engines and have no battery on board that provide acceleration. The average gas powered vehicle is responsible for emitting approximately thirteen thousand pounds of carbon dioxide each year. Gas powered vehicles have the most emissions, when compared to hybrids, plug in hybrids and plug in electric cars.

Hybrid cars use less fuel and have fewer emissions than non-hybrid gas powered vehicles. Hybrids run on gasoline and generate electricity by collecting heat energy during braking, which is then stored in a battery. This process is called regenerative braking. The energy that is stored in the battery is automatically used when driving at a low speed or in stop and go traffic, which wastes the most gas. The gas engine shuts off when the car is idling or driving at low speeds, and switches back on when the driver accelerates quickly or breaks the maximum speed for driving using only the energy stored in the battery. It is not difficult to find hybrid cars that achieve over forty miles per gallon. Depending on which part of the country a person lives in, and whether their electricity is generated using fossil fuels, natural gas, nuclear power or renewable resources, hybrid cars may emit the least amount of emissions, with about eighty five hundred pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

Plug in hybrids are very similar to conventional hybrids, in the sense that plug in hybrids do everything a regular hybrid can do and more. Plug in hybrids can be powered using gasoline or electricity from an outlet. They may run on electricity only until the battery is depleted, and can be recharged, or filled up with gasoline and function like a conventional hybrid. According to national averages, plug in hybrids tend to have three hundred more pounds of carbon dioxide emissions than non plug in hybrids. If you live in an area that depends heavily on coal or oil to generate electricity, driving a plug-in vehicle will actually be dirtier than driving a conventional hybrid. For example, in Blacksburg, Virginia, 70% of electricity is generated by burning coal. In this case, the driver of a plug in hybrid would emit ten thousand pounds of carbon dioxide, as opposed to eighty five hundred from a regular hybrid. Residents who live in places that rely heavily on coal for power generation should be advised not to purchase a plug in vehicle, as it will raise their carbon footprint. However, if someone happens to live in New York City, which generates 55% of its electricity using natural gas and 40% using nuclear power, a plug in hybrid would emit only fiftyfive hundred pounds of carbon dioxide.

Finally, we arrive upon plug in electric vehicles. These vehicles get all of their power from external electrical sources and regenerative braking. They have no gas tank and are capable of driving anywhere between sixty five and two hundred sixty five miles before needing to be recharged, depending on the make and model. There have been developments in the last few years that have allowed for rapid charging of electric vehicles, filling most batteries at least half way in less than an hour. The drawback of these cars is obvious: the limited range. Today it would be nearly impossible to take a road trip using a plug in electric car. However, to account for this, some plug in electric car producers, including Tesla, give vehicle owners a certain number of days per year in which the company will loan a gas powered car that isn’t limited by battery range at no additional charge. This provides an incentive for prospective buyers who fear that the battery’s range will not allow them to drive long distances when they need to.

Now that you know the difference between traditional gas powered cars, hybrids, plug in hybrids and plug in electric vehicles, check to see which option has the lowest carbon footprint where you live. Please consider buying a hybrid or plug in car because they can certainly save you money on gas and help reduce carbon emissions. Also, some states permit vehicles with low emissions to drive in HOV lanes, regardless of how many people are in the car. Take a look at energy efficient cars to see which ones you might be interested in!