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The Electrek Review: Can the 2017 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid bridge the ICE and EV gap?

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“Charging is optional, thrilling is not.” it says on the BMW iPerformance website. A bold statement but one that is unfortunately true. The regenerative brakes charge the battery, so you don’t necessarily have to charge it, and the 330e is indeed a thrilling ride. However there are so many questions: Is the 330e still the Ultimate Driving Machine? Did BMW successfully bridge the gap between a sports sedan with an internal combustion engine and an electric vehicle? Can it drive like an EV in urban environments and still provide a thrilling drive on backroads while being somewhat frugal on gas? Is the BMW 330e the ultimate hybrid or an overpriced Prius on steroids?

Keep reading and find out our conclusion after putting this car through its paces.

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Toyota to create an electric plug-in hybrid version of the Corolla in China

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Ahead of the Beijing Auto Show this week, Toyota announced that it will create an electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Corolla for the Chinese market. While the automaker’s announcement appears to limit the vehicle’s availability to China for now, it does open the door for a possible global launch of a PHEV version of Toyota’s flagship midsize sedan.

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Hands-on with CarPlay on the new Chevy Volt’s 8-inch capacitive display [Video]

Chevy Volt CarPlay

Earlier this year at CES, Seth and I had the opportunity to test drive the new Chevy Volt hybrid (okay, I actually just held the camera in the back seat) which has one of the best CarPlay screen we’ve seen yet. Check out our hands-on experience with the Volt’s very nice display from our test drive below …



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Hyundai unveils the design of the IONIQ and details of the hybrid version [Gallery – Video]

IONIQ exterior design

After the release of several teasers, Hyundai finally unveiled the final design of its IONIQ, which will be offered with 3 electric powertrain options, and revealed the details of hybrid version. The vehicle will be available in all-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and conventional hybrid without a plug (HEV). We will have to wait for more information about the BEV and PHEV version.

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Mercedes is planning a new 250 to 310 miles electric vehicle says Daimler’s Chief of R&D

paris-2012-mercedes-benz-b-class-electric-drive-live-photos_8In an interview with German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Daimler’s chief of research and development Thomas Weber confirmed the company is currently working on a next generation electric vehicle with a range of “400 to 500 km” (250 to 310 miles).

Daimler already sells a few electric vehicles, like EV versions of the Smart or the Mercedes B class, but the automaker as yet to build a fully electric vehicle from the ground up. It’s not entirely clear from Weber’s comments if the concept will be a completely new electric platform, but it sounds more likely than not…

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