Details On U.S Rollout Of Hyundai Sonata PHEV


Hyundai Sonata PHEV Rollout

Hyundai Sonata PHEV Rollout

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Autoblog has discovered some crucial details on the U.S. rollout of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug In Hybrid:

“Technically, the upcoming 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug In Hybrid will be available in all 50 states. It will just be a lot easier to get in the ten ZEV states. That’s because in the 40 states that do not follow California’s Zero Emission Vehicle regulations, Hyundai dealers will not be stocking the plug-in version of the Sonata when it goes on sale in the fall of 2015.”

So, if you reside in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island or Vermont, then you’ll just walk into your local Hyundai dealer and be able to pick a Sonata PHEV from stock or order one to your liking.  If you live in one of the other 40 states, then it’s likely that your local dealer won’t have a Sonata PHEV on the lot, but you’ll still be able to custom order one.

Mike O’Brien, Hyundai’s vice president of corporate and product planning, stated:

“The ten states are spending more money on charging infrastructure, so you can park at work, you can park while you’re in the grocery store, and you can charge your car while you’re doing it.”

“If you just look at the sales, basically all our competitors, over half of their plug-in hybrid sales are right here in the state of California.  Usually, much more than half. If you cover the ZEV states, you’re going to cover over 85 percent of the sales already. And we’re going to make sure that our dealers can accommodate and customers that wish to buy outside those states.”

But at least the Sonata PHEV will be available in all 50 states and at all Hyundai dealers.  The same can’t be said of some other plug-in cars.

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Source: Autoblog

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Has there been any word on price?

Robb Stark

Reading the tea leaves on various EV/Hybrid car sites it looks like Hyundai will want to undercut the Ford Fusion Energi by a several hundred bucks.

So a base price between $32,999 and $33,500.

Marshal G

Wow they’re just straight up saying the plugin will only be in stock in ZEV states, admitting it’s for sale “only where we’re forced to.” They’re even ignoring the Seattle and the red hot EV market of Atlanta, basically proving they don’t want to sell that many. Way to do the minimum Hyundai. I hope you lose money on it.


Then they will have a reason, why harsher regulations would hurt them and that the “time is just not right” for Plug-Ins. But in 10 years time, we will all be driving hydrogen fueled, flying, CO2 absorbing, perpetual motion cars. Just leave us alone right now, our future selves will deal with it!


If you don’t like that EV’s and PHEV’s aren’t offered for sale in your particular state because it is not a ZEV state, tell your State Legislators and Governor to have your state added as a ZEV mandate state.

Any state can do it. It is really just up to the voters. If you feel too jaded and impotent to make it happen in your state, don’t blame the car makers.


I love this argument. As if we actually live in a republic whose leaders represent the will of their constituents 😉

Besides, he is 100% justified in blaming the car makers as well for not wanting to do more than the bare minimum required of them. After all, what you are suggesting is that these state governments require more of the car makers…

Robb Stark

No we live in a monarchy where only the politicians we like represent the will of the people.

Or only politicians that represent your views represent the will of the “people.”


Brian, see my “too jaded and impotent” comment. ibid.


Nice use of the catch all phrase. It ensures that you can counter any argument made without having to come up with your own response. Just point to your “too jaded and impotent” catch all phrase!


Bingo! The only interests the “leaders” care about are the ones with the most money.


“As if we actually live in a republic whose leaders represent the will of their constituents”

There’s a way to fix that:


Meh. Another low all-electric range PHEV, this one with a 9.8 kWh battery pack.

I certainly hope those nominally “200 mile” BEVs coming in a couple of years will drive these anemic, tepid short electric range PHEVs out of the market.

I’m guessing this Sonata will be just another compliance car.


“I certainly hope those nominally “200 mile” BEVs coming in a couple of years will drive these anemic, tepid short electric range PHEVs out of the market.”

Out of the market… or spread out to nearly 40 states, where most drivers don’t see any EVSEs except (maybe) their own?

News flash: “the market” does not consist of you, your situation, and your blanket opinions. 40 states do not need and did not ask for your hope. For one, I’m going to assume you’re not a woman, and thus don’t know the existential fear of being stranded at night on some strange road. Because if you did, you likely wouldn’t dismiss PHEVs as callously as you do, and as categorically as you have.

You know, women, the gender that outnumbers men?


Too little too late, and the interior looks dated as well. Well maybe it will at least get some more ppl into plugins.

Murrysville EV

Well, I like it. As a resident of Pennsylvania, I’d even go to Maryland to get one.

On the other hand, later on when you trade it in the 40 ‘unclean’ states, it becomes a unicorn the dealer can’t get rid of.