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    Have Plug-in Hybrids Already Had Their Day?

    The UK has been the biggest market in Europe for PHEVs, but it turns out that people are failing to use them as intended!

    2y ago

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    It was only a few years ago that the ‘Holy Trinity’ of hypercars burst onto the scene showcasing a fusion of exotic engines and trick electronics.

    The McLaren P1, LA Ferrari and Porsche 918 made hybrid power trains cool.

    However, recent research by the Miles Consultancy for the BBC, has found that many owners of more mainstream plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) haven’t even unwrapped the charging cables.

    The 'Holy Trinity' made electrification cool © - McLaren Automotive – mclarenautomotive.com

    The 'Holy Trinity' made electrification cool © - McLaren Automotive – mclarenautomotive.com

    This is despite the UK being the biggest market for PHEVs in Europe – and means that owners are missing out on the biggest selling point of the vehicles. This being the possibility to run on electric power alone and save a load of fuel!

    The report suggests that such vehicles in corporate fleets could be averaging 130 mpg, but instead they’re returning a shockingly low average of 40mpg.

    It is revealed that many companies bought PHEVs because the £4,500 government grant made them cheaper to buy than normal cars.

    Admittedly a rare sight! © - BMW Group – bmwgroup.com

    Admittedly a rare sight! © - BMW Group – bmwgroup.com

    Could it be that many owners who ended up with PHEVs in these situations simply weren’t bothered about the electric capabilities of their fancy new car?

    Or perhaps they don't have access to a charging point, leaving them with little choice but to use their plug-in on engine power alone?

    Undeniably, silently cruising to your local supermarket in a Mitsubishi Outlander doesn’t come with the same gravitas as prowling the sun-bleached streets of Monaco in a hypercar. However, you’d still have thought that owners of these vehicles would be keen to save some cash!

    The Outlander PHEV has been extremely popular with over 40,000 sold in the UK over the last 5 years © - Mitsubishi Motors – Mitsubishi-media.co.uk

    The Outlander PHEV has been extremely popular with over 40,000 sold in the UK over the last 5 years © - Mitsubishi Motors – Mitsubishi-media.co.uk

    Unfortunately, the recent scrapping of the government grant isn’t going to suddenly make PHEVs cool. It’s more likely that we could be about to witness a massive decline in the number of PHEVs being sold.

    With that being said, it might not be bad thing as it could encourage more people into increasingly capable fully electric cars.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN TO PLUG-IN HYBRIDS? COMMENT BELOW AND LET ME KNOW!

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    Comments (30)

    • "YOU MUST BUY A ELECTRIC CAR NOTHING ELSE IS CLEAN ENOUGH"governments mind state this.

      Except the everyone forgets that Britain hasn't yet got alot of alternative energy sites to generate electricity so it still has to be generated in coal powered power stations. So the fully electric car you drive isn't green at all.

        2 years ago
      • What do you think powers the petrol station, the fuel pumps, the fuel lorries and all other parts that we need to find, produce and consume petrol? An electric vehicle suddenly became ultra green ...

          2 years ago
      • So everything we do is bad. Right then where's the nearest horse dealer, I think ancient transport methods might work better than buying any car. Unless the government decided to measure a horses methane levels with a probe. Poor horse if...

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          2 years ago
    • forcing people into Electric cars will never be a good idea, have in mind that a base model ev costs around 19k € not many people can afford that money, and altough the PIVE plan was a good idea the people still scammed the government by buying junk cars and tradding it in exchange for a newer car, for now i would bother to make more charging points and rest areas for ev owners awaiting 30 minutes to charge their cars.

        2 years ago
    • Here in America, PHEVs are not very popular. In fact, I’ve never seen a PHEV in real life before. I see Leafs, Teslas, and normal Hybrids way more. I think the reason is because there is a lack of charging stations and unless you own an Electric Vehicle, we just aren’t really interested in them as a whole.

        2 years ago
      • I guess it dosen't help that everything is further away in America. Over here the short eletric range could be used for things like commuting.

          2 years ago
      • It can be used here in America too for that same function but at that point it’s more efficient to just own a pure EV not a PHEV.

          2 years ago
    • I did some rough math to try to answer your question : In 1971, petrol in Australia was 13.5 cents/ litre. Today the average petrol price is $1.35 / litre, 10 times as expensive. So due to inflation, the dollar has lost 90 % of it's value. However the average wage has increased 15 fold. ( for the same reason, inflation. ) And the average Aussie car uses 1/3 of the petrol that it did in 1971. ( most people have gone from driving a big six cylinder to a small 4 cylinder. So the cost of transport has actually, in real terms, been reduced by aprox 75 % .Things have improved so much that most Aussies don't consider buying a hybrid, plug in or otherwise. Electric hybrid plug in cars like the Mitsubishi Outlander use less than half the petrol of the average Aussie car. So if you buy a plug in hybrid, ( 2nd hand hybrid Outlanders with 50,000km on the clock go for AUD$23,000 ) your fuel cost per km in real terms has been reduced by something like 87 % . The American WTI crude oil price fell 10 % this week. That should flow through at some point. Also, in 1989, a 15 year old Holden Kingswood, 6cyl, was a $500 car. Today, 30 years on, the equivalent model , a 15 year old Holden Commodore V6, is a $300 car. The market is flooded with good solid fuel efficient second hand cars. Under these conditions , developing inland Australia has never been easier. So we build billion dollar highways. And at Avis in Australia , you can now hire …...a hybrid Camry , a new one, which gets 4.2 litres/ 10 km.

        2 years ago
      • Interesting to see the reduction in fuel cost per km. I can see why a hybrid would be a useful tool out there!

          2 years ago
      • Yup, you'd think the mining industry would be soaking up hybrid 4wds like there is no tomorrow.

          2 years ago
    • About the same thing that happens to every other battery operated gadget that you have that is a few years old. Didg down to the bottom of your junk drawer. You know you have one. Tere you have it. That's the eventual fate for all this plug in stuff.

        2 years ago

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