New Plug-In Hybrids Set For U.S. Launch This Fall


Thanks to Cheat Sheet, we have a quick rundown of the most anticipated plug-in hybrids that will launch in the U.S. this Fall. The list includes an SUV, a couple of compact cars and even a rare midsize PHEV. Here’s the list in abbreviated form.

BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e

1. BMW X5 xDrive40e (from $63,095)

 BMW quotes about 13 miles of electric range on its upcoming “Sport Activity Vehicle,” while power specs are impressive: 308 horsepower, 332 pounds-feet of torque. BMW says it will arrive in the U.S. before fall ends.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

2. Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

The 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, the brand’s first plug-in on the U.S .market, has the makings of a hit with electric capabilities in the low-20-mile range and a price tag of $37,900 before incentives. You can already configure this variant of the most affordable Audi on the automaker’s website. It will be in showrooms soon.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

3. 2016 Chevrolet Volt

Featuring 53 miles of electric range — the most of any PHEV by a landslide — the next-gen Volt will be able to cover 420 miles altogether between its gas and electric powertrain. It will start at $33,995 when it arrives in the fall.

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

4. Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid (US rollout details)

With electric range projected at 23 miles and a total range of 605 miles with a full tank of gas, you won’t experience any range anxiety in this model. Set for a fall debut, the Korean brand’s first plug-in model on the U.S. market should be popular in this high-volume segment, but we’ll wait for pricing to give it a full appraisal.

*Editor’s Note: Tesla Model X, though not listed by Cheat Sheet since it’s a BEV, is one more plug-in expected to launch this fall.

Source: Cheat Sheet

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This article is about this fall. I’m pretty sure the T&C has since been delayed.

Mark Hovis

How many new Fall BEVs? First day of fall being September 23rd would still put the Model X Sept 29th first delivery as at least one.

George Bower

@Mark H.

Yes but the Model X is not a Hybrid 🙂

George Bower

The A3 is the car GM should already have had up and running. It is an entertaining offering.

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mercedes-benz is introducing a PHEV c-class in the fall in addition to the PHEV s-class benzo.

you’ve also left off the cadillac ct6. maybe it won’t be available until 2016.

mr. M

Yup, don’t forget the Benz. But the s-class has startend already selling.

Jay Cole

No Cadillac CT6 this year…early 2017 for US. As for new Mercedes C350e, it was in Cheat Sheets list for this Fall, but…

mr. M

but… what?

The official mercedes homepage still lists it as arriving this fall. They might start sales as late as 30. November to reach their goal. So the date (fall 2015) seems still true.

Do you know more? I can’t find a reason to delay sales any more, especially because the c350e sells in europe already.

Jay Cole

Hey M,

Sorry to leave you hanging a day there, we were in the process of this story:

Mercedes-Benz C350 Fall US Launch Delayed Into 2016


Wow, we sat at around 21 available PEV models for more than half a year up until the first couple of new models this summer. I suspect we’ll have 30 available models in just a few months. A lot of these look like they might sell at most a few hundred per month, but those are really starting to add up. Gone are the days where the Volt, Leaf, Model S, Prius and Fords would represent 85+% of all PEV sales. A diverse market is a healthy market!


Meanwhile, outside California, for most of us it’s the same old LEAF, Model S, Ford Energis, Volt, and now the i3/i8. The Focus EV, i-Miev, and Smart EV are rumored but you’re more likely to be hit by lightning than find one at a local dealer in most of flyover country.

John in AA


Well, the A3 is supposedly going to be a fifty state vehicle, but I’ll believe it when I see the Tooth Fairy driving one down Main Street.

mr. M

You need to wait for halloween until the tooth fairy drives one.

John in AA

If it’s that soon, I’ll be impressed (and I’ll take pictures, too).


A *LOT* of these cars are supposed to be available in 50 states. Hell, a Kia dealer in Colorado installed an L2 charger long ago in anticipation that Kia Soul EVs would arrive here … still waiting.

I applaud any EV that actually shows up in Colorado. Given that we have an “up to” $6k state tax credit available for EV purchases I have to think the only reason that cars like the Golf EV are invisible is that they can’t deal with real winters.


You are wasting your money if you purchase a plug in vehicle that only get 20 miles or less of EV driving. Also if the hybrid can not go hyway speeds in EV mode do not even look at the vehicle walk out the dealer showroom. Also if the vehicle is gas engine with an oversized starter motor like the prius and 2005 Escape you can do better than that. American auto manufacturers had the capability to make EVs for sometime however batteries were an issue. Batteries are not the issue today. Once Tesla gets the battery factory going EV prices will come down. It would be foolish if the other auto manufacturers would not purchase American made batteries from Tesla.
As for the Volt I think GM should have made it have quick charging capability from those high voltage DC chargers. I have also read about individuals trying to make an old prius plug in. What a waste of time and money. Why even have an old prius with nicads. If you like an EV get with an auto manufacturer that wants to make EVs


Just saw the 2016 Volt in the metal.
Believe me, it shocks me more than it does you, for me to say it’s a decent looking vehicle on the road. It looks like the better compact European marques.
I may need to check the prescription of my glasses …