Plug-in hybrids still on the wrong track

On paper, the PHEV (Rechargeable Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Hybrid Rechargeable Vehicle) has all the liking, except for its price tag, which may be much higher than the thermal models it’s derived from.

But it does allow 100% electric driving for a distance of 40-100 km, which covers most daily trips. After that, the heat regains its rights, in hybrid mode of operation, which makes it possible not to be afraid of any malfunction, freeing from worries about autonomy and the fact of finding charging stations, which need 100% electricity. Models, for weekend getaways or long holiday trips.

Another advantage and not the least, a very favorable calculation in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, which makes it possible to avoid environmental damage. It often allows you to take advantage of the small bonus of 1,000 euros (extended until the end of the year) if the 100% electric range is greater than 50 km and the price does not exceed 50,000 euros.

though, Sales have decreased since the beginning of the yearin Europe and France. In the first case, it is A decline of -9.6% affecting the market in the first half of 2022. With market share dropping to less than 9%. In France, the situation is even worse, with a drop of -12.5% ​​in the first half (i.e. 62,811 registrations versus 71,789), and the month of July showing a decrease -31.7% (7349 copies vs 10761)!

A less favorable reality for PHEV

Because the fact that rechargeable hybrid cars are used is less rosy. In fact, in order for them to consume less than the manufacturers claim, and thus emit less carbon dioxide, they need to be recharged as often as possible. Otherwise, the extra weight caused by the double machining and the battery increases the average consumption, and therefore CO2 emissions…

However, several studies point to the misuse of PHEVs. One of them, carried out by the American NGO ICCT (International Council on Clean Transport), analyzed the uses of 8000 PHEVs in Europe, and concluded that the theory that PHEVs would drive 70 to 85% of the time in electricity was only true for 47% of the vehicles own, but above all only 13% of the company’s vehicles. However, these are the main buyers of these vehicles, and they are very attractive for tax purposes.

Professional users are already discouraged from recharging, when it is the company that pays for the fuel anyway.

The study concluded that plug-in hybrids emit 3 to 5 times more carbon dioxide than the manufacturers claim, and consume three times more than certified figures.

Could he explain this drop in sales? Do businesses and individuals realize that savings are not as large as expected in the face of the additional cost of purchasing?

Is this the end of plug-in hybrids? Perhaps not immediately, but it is clear that manufacturers are now investing heavily in electricity at 100%. They are also encouraged in this by anticipating new standards for 2025 and 2027. In 2025, the share of electric driving in the certification cycle will be reduced, and in 2027, CO2 emissions will depend on actual emissions and real battery usage, which is accessible data Easily, as all cars will then be connected and connected.

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