North American Plug-in Hybrid and Range Extended 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.

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MakeBMWBMWChevroletFordFordHondaToyota
Modeli3i8VoltFusion EnergiCMAXAccord Plug-inPrius Plug-in Hybrid
Year2015201520152015201520152015
Price (US)42,400136,50034,34534,80042,09839,78029,990
Vehicle typeRange extended EVPlug-in HybridRange extended EVPlug-in HybridPlug-in HybridPlug-in HybridPlug-in Hybrid
Dimensions
Wheelbase (inches)101110.2105.7112.2104109106.3
Weight (lbs)3,0643,4553,7863,9133,8593,7993,194
Seating capacity4245555
Electric Engine
Engine (kW)125 1111078812460
Horsepower17012814911811816980
Torque184184273117117  
Warranty (years)445   6
Warranty (miles)50,00050,000100,000   60,000
Gas Engine
HP3422883141141  
Torque40236 129129 153
Combined engine
Total hp170357 195195 134
Total torque184420     
Drive
Wheel driveRWD4WDFWDFWDFWDFWDFWD
Battery
Battery size (kWh)18.87.117.17.67.66.74.4
TypeLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-Ion
Liquid cooled       
Heating       
Warranty (years)888 8 8
Warranty (miles)100,000100,000100,000 100,000 100,00
Drag
Drag Coefficient0.30 0.28   0.25
Transmission
TypeSingle speedAutomaticSingle speedCVTCVTCVTCVT
Performance
0-60 mph7.84.28.8    
Top speed (mph)93155  102  
EV mode top speed9375  85  
EV Range (miles)81153821211311
Total Range (miles)150330380 550570 
Charging
On-board charger (kW)   3   
Recharge 110V (hours) 3.510 to 167733
Recharge 240V (hours)31.542.52.511.5
Fuel
Capacity1.911.19.3141412.2 
Type  PremiumUnleadedUnleadedUnleaded 
MPGe
MPGe 7698888811598
Hybrid  3742404650

Front

Front 3/4

Side

Back 3/4

Where do we plug this thing?

Where's that battery pack?

Instrument Panel

Dashboard