While plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are often derided by electric vehicle purists, they are actually quite popular both with consumers and automakers. As I wrote in the CleanTechnica article, “10 Ways Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) Play A Key Role In The Transition To Pure BEVs,” PHEVs are vital to a future of pure BEVs. Following is a look at PHEVs by the numbers as of December 23, 2017:
Current Available Models:
- There are 26 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles available in the US.
- BMW offers five PHEVs, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo each have three available PHEV models, followed by Ford, GM and Porsche with two each.
- View our list of currently available (in the US) PHEVs
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- Average battery-only range is 22.8 miles
- Median range is 21.0 miles.
- Average base price is $55,391 and median price is $44,875
- Chevrolet Volt has the highest battery-only range at 53 miles
- Chevrolet Volt also has the lowest cost per mile of range at $643
- Mercedes C350e has the least battery-only range at a paltry 11 miles. While at 15 miles of range and a base price of $143,400, BMW’s i8 sports car has the honor of the highest cost per mile of range at $9,560.
Percent of Electric Vehicle Sales:
- Between January 2011 and August 2017, 322,186 PHEVs have been purchased in the US, compared to 325,377 BEVs.
- PHEVs have comprised 49.8% of EV sales between January 2011 and August 2017.
Sales by State:
- California is far and away the state that purchases the most PHEVs, at 47.7% during the January 2011 to August 2017 time frame.
- During the period of January 2013 to August 2017, California purchased within its state about double the percentage of PHEVs of the next highest state, Vermont.
- About 25% of the announced future EVs are expected to be PHEVs. (see the list)