17 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles — PHEVs — for first time owners

Plug-in hybrid vehicles are a great way to get a taste of electrified motoring without the range anxiety. The ability to travel set distances strictly in EV mode lets you choose when to drive emissions-free while the gas engine retains a car’s long-distance driving capability. The thought of a new car that runs on gas […]

by Stefan Ogbac
22 new or updated hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles coming to market in 2021

Electrification doesn’t mean only more battery-electric vehicles entering the market. They also include hybrids in both plug-in and self-charging flavors. Automakers are rolling hybrids out in droves as part of the industry’s move away from internal combustion engines. Both mainstream and luxury brands all offer hybrids and plug-in hybrids in different flavors, meaning there’s something […]

by Stefan Ogbac
BMW i7 could be the most powerful 7 Series: Report

The next-generation BMW 7 Series is on the way and based on a report from Germany, the most powerful variant won’t wear an M badge. According to AutoBild, the all-electric i7 could have the most potent powertrain in the lineup, sporting 650 hp. That would be the highest output version of the car, which should […]

by Stefan Ogbac
18 new or updated EVs coming to market in 2021

The year 2021 will be a major one for battery-electric vehicles. Automakers will start releasing their opening salvo of dedicated EVs, signaling the continued move toward electrification across both mainstream and luxury segments. Most of these vehicles are rated for over 200 miles of range or are expected to go longer than that on a […]

by Stefan Ogbac
Alternating Currents: New year and new president brings new optimism

I know we’re just under three weeks into 2021, but this year feels like a really important one for electric propulsion. For at least the last five years I’ve been repeating this mantra over and over every January, but I swear there’s real change in the air right now. It’s not just hopeful optimism. There […]

by Bradley Brownell
Stop and watch the insanity that is BMW’s latest iDrive video for the BMW iX

As we reported, BMW is showing off its new iDrive system at this week’s virtual CES show. Debuting in the iX electric crossover, the system is the culmination of all of BMW’s tech with a new, always-connected interface. To help show it off a bit, BMW created a video. While we’re not sure if in […]

by Chad Kirchner
BMW to showcase new iDrive interface at 2021 CES show

BMW will use the all-digital 2021 CES Show to showcase the latest iteration of its iDrive interface. This coincides with the system’s 20th anniversary since it first appeared on the 2001 7 Series sedan. Once criticized for its complexity, BMW has done extensive work to simplify iDrive’s usability and it is now one of the […]

by Stefan Ogbac
All of the electric vehicles on sale today: November 2020 edition

The list of electric vehicles available to buy is growing rapidly with 15 models available from nine major automakers today. That number is set to grow before the end of the year (Ford Mustang Mach-E) and will expand even further by the end of 2021. Last year one in 20 new vehicles sold globally is […]

by Samanthan Rutherford
2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV photo gallery

The X5 is one of BMW‘s most popular crossovers, and to help make it more efficient, BMW added a plug-in hybrid variant to its “Sports Activity Vehicle.” You can check it out in intricate detail in this interior and exterior photo gallery.

by Chad Kirchner
Making autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems safer with night vision

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is becoming more and more standard as cars get newer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety includes performance of AEB in their vehicle testing. The public is starting to look at this tech when they purchase a new vehicle. While many have settled on calling the technology AEB, there isn’t an […]

by Chad Kirchner