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Friday, February 26, 2016

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Are An Underserved Market

Two years ago I wrote that my next vehicle would be a plug-in hybrid SUV.

Yet I'm still waiting to buy that vehicle. In the 2014 story, I listed many PHEV SUVs or crossovers that were "coming soon". A few have actually made it to the U.S. market, while others, like the Mitsu Outlander PHEV have been delayed again and again.

Some of these may be hard to find, but are plug-in SUV and crossover models that are for sale in the U.S. today:

Porsche Cayenne S-E


Base MSRP: $78,000
Federal tax credit: $5300
Technology: Plug-in Hybrid
Body type: Crossover
Seats: 5
EPA Range: 14 miles electric + gasoline
Battery size: 11 kWh




BMW X5 xDrive40e

Base MSRP: $64,000
Federal tax credit: $4600
Technology: Plug-in Hybrid
Body type: SUV
Seats: 5
EPA Range: 13 miles electric + gasoline
Battery size: 9 kWh




Volvo XC90 T8


Base MSRP: $69,000
Est. tax credit: $4600
Technology: Plug-in Hybrid
Body type: SUV
Seats: 7
EPA Range: 17 miles electric + gasoline
Battery size: 9 kWh



Tesla Model X


Base MSRP: $80,000+
Est. tax credit: $7500
Technology: Electric Vehicle
Body type: Crossover
Seats: 7
EPA Range: 250 miles pure electric
Battery size: 90 kWh

This one is not a PHEV, but it was on my original 2015 list of potential plug-in SUVs and it is actually shipping now.



It's time to plug in!