By Ross Kenneth Urken 04/20/16
The plug-in hybrid is to hybrid and electric cars what downloads were to CDs and streaming — an awkward transition.
As we mentioned in relation to the new Toyota Prius, the novelty of the hybrid is already on the wane. Low gas prices that are just now creeping over the $2 mark have brought U.S. drivers back to their old, nefarious partner in crime — the SUV.
Those who haven’t gone running back to the gas guzzlers are openly embracing electric. Tesla has long targeted Toyota Prius drivers and will finally get into its price range when the $35,000 Model 3 makes its debut in late 2017. With $7,500 in federal electric vehicle incentives, the Model 3’s price is closer to $27,500 and less than half the cost of Tesla’s Model S at upwards of $70,000. Drivers began reserving them on March 31, but won’t be able to actually drive them until production begins next year. [read more]