The new for 2016 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid is set to make its debut at “select dealerships” this week, according to Hyundai’s PR people.
“The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for Hyundai and gives drivers the best of both worlds by providing the power delivery of a conventional gasoline engine for long trips or vacations with the additional benefit of environmentally-friendly all-electric range for commuting,” explains Mike O’Brien, the VP of corporate and product planning at Hyundai. “The flexibility of this alternative powertrain delivers efficient hybrid operation and eliminates any concerns for range anxiety, while providing an impressive total driving range capable of 600 miles.”
The new Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid will be available, initially, in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont with a starting price just a tick over $30K. Plug-in Hyundai fans won’t pay anywhere near that, however, since the car’s 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery system and 50 kW electric motor qualify the Sonata PHEV for a $4,919 federal tax credit.
I haven’t driven the PHEV version of the latest Hyundai Sonata yet, so couldn’t tell you how the 99 MPGe, 202 HP car stacks up against its more conventional hybrid and “Eco” counterparts- but those are pretty good cars. Honda, Toyota … Hyundai is coming!