The World's Coolest Hybrid Cars

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Coolest Hybrids on the Road

With the government’s Corporate Annual Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards calling for fuel economy in excess of 50 mpg by 2025, electric vehicles are on the rise. For those that are still unsure about purchasing an electric car, a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) may be the best option.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) also impacts automakers by requiring a certain percentage of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in order for the company to be able to sell vehicles within the state and participating CARB states. States can choose to follow federal regulations or comply with CARB. At this point, while some companies are simply providing “compliance” vehicles, others are wholeheartedly manufacturing low-emissions vehicles with the consumer and the environment in mind.

While battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are the most efficient electric option, PHEVs have come a long way, and most easily exceed CAFE’s future estimates and partially satisfy CARB requirements. However, few traditional (non-plug-in) hybrids make the grade.

We will look at some of the most unique PHEVs on the market – vehicles selected to fit various budgets and lifestyles – many of which are featured in our hybrid car and SUV rankings. Keep in mind that the purchase of a PHEV qualifies for federal tax credits of up to $7,500.

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