North American Plug-in Hybrid and Range Extending EV Comparison

What is a Plug-in Hybrid car?

A Plug-in Hybrid car is a car that has both an gasoline engine and an electric engine, like a Hybrid car.  The only difference is a bigger battery and sometimes a bigger electric engine.  A Plug-in car can drive with the help of its electric motor exclusively for a specific number of miles, usually between 11 to 21 miles.  Then, when the battery has been exhausted, the gasoline engine takes over to propel the car.  The gasoline engine can recharge the battery a little bit but as its name implies, a Plug-in Hybrid can be, guess what, plugged-in to recharge its battery.

In summary, a Plug-in Hybrid is a car that can be propelled by both its electric moto or gasoline motor exclusively or in parallel.

What is a Range-Extended Electric car?

A Range-Extended Electric car is a car that is always propelled by its electric engine, all the time, forever and ever.  Then, when the batteries get depleted, instead of being stranded on the side of the road, a very small gasoline engine starts to drive a generator to product electricity that the electric motor will use to continue propelling the car.

A Range-Extended Electric car, tend to have a big electric motor and a tiny gasoline engine.  Whereas a Plug-in Hybrid tend to have a big gasoline engine and a small electric motor.

2016Turn Off Green Stuff
MakeBMWBMWChevroletFordFordHonda
Modeli3i8VoltFusion EnergiCMAXAccord Plug-in
Price (US)42,400136,50033,17034,80042,09839,780
Vehicle typeRange extended EVPlug-in HybridRange extended EVPlug-in HybridPlug-in HybridPlug-in Hybrid
Dimensions
Wheelbase (inches)101110.2106.1112.2104109
Weight (lbs)3,0643,4553,5433,9133,8593,799
Seating capacity425555
Electric Engine
Engine (kW)125 11110788124
Horsepower170128181118118169
Torque184184294117117 
Warranty (years)445   
Warranty (miles)50,00050,000100,000   
Gas Engine
HP34228101141141 
Torque40236103129129 
Combined engine
Total hp170357 195195 
Total torque184420    
Drive
Wheel driveRWD4WDFWDFWDFWDFWD
Battery
Battery size (kWh)18.87.118.47.67.66.7
TypeLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-Ion
Liquid cooled  Yes   
Heating      
Warranty (years)888 8 
Warranty (miles)100,000100,000100,000 100,000 
Drag
Drag Coefficient0.30 0.28   
Transmission
TypeSingle speedAutomaticSingle speedCVTCVTCVT
Performance
0-60 mph7.84.27.8   
Top speed (mph)93155  102 
EV mode top speed9375  85 
EV Range (miles)811553212113
Total Range (miles)150330420 550570
Charging
On-board charger (kW)   3  
Recharge 110V (hours) 3.513773
Recharge 240V (hours)31.54.52.52.51
Fuel
Capacity1.911.18.9141412.2
Type  UnleadedUnleadedUnleadedUnleaded
MPGe
MPGe 769810688115
Hybrid  42424046

Front

Front 3/4

Side

Back 3/4

Where do we plug this thing?

Where's that battery pack?

Instrument Panel

Dashboard