The Chevrolet Volt may not have set the sales charts on fire just yet, but the revolutionary hybrid did break the ice for other automakers to follow it with plug-in cars of their own. From established brands playing catch-up to a California-based start up, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of cars that run on (a little) electricity.
2012 Fisker Karma
On sale since last December, the Fisker Karma was the world’s first plug-in hybrid extended range electric car. Two electric motors drive the rear wheels drawing energy from either a battery pack, a four-cylinder engine working as a generator, or both. The Karma has an EPA-rated all-electric range of 32 miles per charge and a combined fuel economy equivalent to 52 mpg.
2013 Ford Fusion and C-Max Energi
Later this year Ford will introduce two plug-in hybrids using the same powertrain. One is a small crossover called the C-Max Energi, the other a version of its all-new Ford Fusion sedan. They are both expected to have all-electric range of approximately 15 miles and combined fuel economy of over 100 MPGe. Pricing has not been announced.
2013 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
Honda was the first automaker to sell a modern hybrid car in the United States with the 1999 Insight, and soon it will be offering a plug-in version of its best-selling Accord sedan, with an all-electric range of 10-15 miles per charge and a battery-powered top speed of 62 mph.
The tip of the plug-in iceberg.