Only 1 Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Has an Electric Driving Range Under 10 Miles

Buying a PHEV can be a good way to get some of the benefits of EVs without having to deal with range anxiety. This is because PHEVs have a gas-powered engine and, like EVs, have an electric driving range, but a PHEV’s range will vary from car to car. A PHEV with an electric driving range of about 30 miles is considered to be good, but many PHEVs don’t hit that number, and in fact, one PHEV has less than 10 miles of electric driving range. 

These PHEVs have terrible range too

According to Car and Driver, dozens of PHEVs are available in the U.S., and a handful of them have terrible electric driving ranges. One of the worst is the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Like other Subarus, the Crosstrek Hybrid is fairly efficient for a PHEV as it gets about 90 MPGe combined. That said, its battery only allows the Subaru SUV to go 17 miles in electric-only mode.

Another terrible option is the Porsche Panamera. There are quite a few trims available for this Porsche, and as such, its price tag and specs will vary a lot. That said, its electric driving range will be pretty consistent, as it only gets between 17 to 19 miles of range in battery-only mode. Then there’s the Mini Countryman’s PHEV option. Like the Crosstrek Hybrid and the Panamera, the Countryman PHEV only gets about 17 miles of electric driving range.

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale has a terrible electric driving range

A red Ferrari SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) coupe supercar driving in London
Ferrari SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) | Martyn Lucy/Getty Images

However, the PHEV with the worst electric driving range is the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. While this Ferrari supercar is a PHEV, it is, first and foremost, a Ferrari. It has a price tag of over $500,000, giving drivers access to a very powerful Ferrari powertrain. The Stradale has a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that gets 769 hp, and it works with three electric motors that give the Stradale 986 hp combined. 

This powertrain is not only powerful, but it also makes the Stradale the fastest Ferrari ever built. Ferrari claims that the Stradale can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, but drivers have been able to get that time down to 2 seconds flat. However, while the Stradale is a fast and luxurious Ferrari, its PHEV specs leave much to be desired. 

Ferrari gave the Stradale a 7.9-kWh battery, and it only allows the Ferrari to go 9 miles in battery-only mode, according to Car and Driver. That said, in hybrid driving mode, it has a fuel economy of about 51 MPGe combined, which is good for a Ferrari, if bad for a PHEV. In regular driving mode, the Stradale has a fuel economy of about 18 mpg combined, which is what most supercar shoppers would expect from a Ferrari.

There is some dispute about the Ferrari SF90 Stradale’s electric driving range

That being said, there is some dispute over the Ferrari SF90 Stradale’s electric driving range number. For example, Auto Web wrote that the Stradale PHEV has an electric driving range of about 15 miles. In Car and Driver’s full review of the Ferrari supercar, the car critic also wrote that the Stradale has an electric driving range of about 15 miles.

However, in the full review, the Stradale’s fuel economy and range numbers were just estimates from Car and Driver. As such, the Stradale’s other fuel economy numbers were also different. For example, instead of the 51 MPGe combined that Car and Driver mentioned elsewhere, the full review claims that the Ferrari gets 71 MPGe combined. Either way, while these numbers are better, they’re still subpar compared to other PHEVs.

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