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Electric vehicles (EVs) are powered by an internal battery and can be used similarly to Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) like the Toyota Prius. However, unlike EVs, PHEVs can run on gas and stored battery power. But, not all PHEVs are made the same. According to Car and Driver, here is the list of PHEVs with an electric driving range under 20 miles.

1. Volvo XC60 PHEV

PHEVs with terrible all-electric range: Volvo X60 Recharge T8 AWD
Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 AWD | Volvo Car Corporation

With just 18 miles of electric range, this Volvo still has a long way to go before it’s accepted in the hybrid car category. In addition, an expected 100-mile range on the batteries alone (56 kWh) will make it one of the most expensive cars to operate. While that distance is very likely in future models, and with a $54,250 price tag, this Volvo is far from worth it for anyone who plans on using it for routine commuting.

2. Volvo XC90 PHEV

With 18 miles of electric range, the 33.7 kWh battery pack is terrible for those with a commute that’s longer than that. On the other hand, the base price of this model is $71,100, and you can get a much better car at that price.

3. Bentley Bentayga PHEV

Bentley is among the few prestigious luxury car brands with a plug-in hybrid model on the market. However, with just 18 miles of total range, the Bentayga takes nearly 8 seconds to hit 60 mph and has multiple issues, including stiff ride quality and poor handling in various weather conditions.

4. Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

With just 17 miles of electric range, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is easily one of the worst models on our list. At base price, it costs $35,970 — not bad, but still overpriced, considering the electric range is only about half of what you’ll get from other hybrid models.

5. BMW 7 Series 745e

With just 16 miles of electric range and a 6.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, this BMW 7 Series 745e is an overpriced hybrid. The list price is $95,900, but a less expensive hybrid can go hundreds of miles on a single gas tank, and the electric power will take nearly 50 miles, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

6. Mini Cooper Countryman

This Mini has 17 miles of electric range and a 10 kWh lithium-ion battery, but it can only last about 37 miles on a single gas tank. That’s less than half the mileage many models in this class have, so while the nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive are excellent features, you’ll still be better off with a competitor with one or more of these features at a lower price point.

7. Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid

With 14 miles of electric range and a battery pack of 14 kWh lithium-ion, this Porsche also has a 7.2-kW AC charger that will only give you about one hour and 45 minutes of driving time with the electric motor running. That’s not ideal for daily commuting and other road trips, but it is faster than any other auto in this class.

8. Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid

With 13 miles of electric range and a battery pack—of 14.1 kWh, this Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid is slightly less expensive than the Mercedes-Benz model, but it still has two issues that keep it from being the best car for hybrid and electric driving. First, a 7.2-kW AC charger will charge up the battery in just 2.3 hours — hardly ideal for those who need to pass through many charging stations on their way to work.

9. Ferrari SF90 Stradale

With just 15.5 miles of electric range and a base price of $507,000, the SF90 Stradale isn’t a car for the casual driver. The 2022 Ferrari SF90 Stradale can last 33.7 kWh on a single gallon of gasoline per mile. As exciting as driving, it simply doesn’t provide enough convenience for all-electric driving.


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