Plug-in hybrids might not be as popular as hybrid and fully-electric cars, but there’s still a wide array of options available across most car and SUV segments.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are often overlooked in Australia compared to hybrid (HEV) and fully-electric (BEV) vehicles – but their blend of the best of hybrid and electric cars is well suited to many buyers.
Sales of plug-in hybrids in Australia are up 104 per cent in the first half of 2022, over the same period last year – compared to 127 per cent for BEVs (excluding Tesla, which didn’t publish sales figures for that period last year) and 12 per cent for traditional hybrids.
The 2941 plug-in hybrids sold so far this year also trail the 9680 full EVs and 41,056 conventional hybrids delivered – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a broad array of PHEVs on sale in Australia, across 17 brands and 30 model lines.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.