Should electric hybrid cars be saved?

Stuck between simple hybrid and all-electric, do plug-in hybrid cars still have an interest? Within the Automobile Propre editorial team, opinions differ!

As for Pierre: “Yes, it’s an excellent electric waiting room.”

Statistically speaking, the average daily trip in France has been shown to be well under 50 km, a figure that all plug-in hybrid cars on the market can achieve in electric mode. Proceeding from this principle, having a twin electric and gasoline engine makes it possible to get butter and butter money, combining the qualities of both. Thus, we will be able to travel without emissions and at reduced cost on weekdays home/work trips mainly in urban areas, where internal combustion vehicles consume the most, and we can take the road for longer trips on weekends and during holidays without having to worry About recharging, especially on the highway where the autonomy of electric vehicles melts like snow in the sun.

In theory, a plug-in hybrid could please more people by becoming the only car in the house thanks to its versatility and cleaner to drive than a pure combustion engine provided, of course, that we present ourselves as regularly as possible to the practice of recharging.

There is also a large margin for technical progress because the rechargeable hybrid motor is one of the latest entrants in the motor world. The pointer can therefore be positioned close to the electron source to reduce the carbon footprint, with larger battery capacities and take advantage of advances in electricity to cover larger displacements in electricity and miniature heat engines that already exist, sober and reliable, to the point of reversing the roles and that they have become range extenders, which BMW has been able to do That’s with the i3 REx, which was probably pretty close.

Whatever the case, what cannot be taken from the rechargeable hybrid is that it makes an excellent waiting room for electricity. First, because it is an ideal start to recharge with a network made up of the service station to create habits without worrying about a breakdown and fearing the specter of a station failure. Subscription card, smartphone apps, formatting components or even exotic units like kW and kWh, thus learning takes place in a quiet way. Then, it lets you savor the comfort and quiet of electric driving offered by the silence, the absence of vibration and its flexibility, which you feel especially in urban areas, when cycling or using public transport is clearly not possible.

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For Florent: “No, customers have already switched to electric”

As Pierre explains, the plug-in is certainly seen as a solution that combines the best of both worlds: a battery that allows you to go about your daily trips with electricity, and the heat to calmly think about long trips and erase that fear of limited limitations. independence. But this “two in one” aspect is also the “wheels between two chairs” aspect. Instead of seeing the glass as half full, I see the glass as half empty.

This complex technical assembly is very expensive, which results in expensive models. Example with Renault Captur: In the Techno finish, a rechargeable hybrid costs 8,950 euros more than a mild hybrid … and 6,050 euros more than a simple hybrid. Therefore it is necessary to know how to make the investment profitable! The problem is, drivers of electric vehicles don’t always know how to use it. The rechargeable model is important … if it is recharged. Because when the battery is empty, fuel consumption can rise, driven by the weight of the machine.

At the end of 2021, Citroen confirmed that with customers of its C5 Aircross hybrid, “55% of trips of less than 40 km are done in electric only mode and 52% of customers already recharge their car once or twice every 100 km”. It’s “encouraging” according to the brand, “not enough” for me. Moreover, the manufacturer has added to the multimedia system an alert for vehicles that are not recharged regularly enough, as if customers forgot why they used additional components!

The rechargeable hybrid has been transformed from its functionality. They are often bought by companies that evade part of the taxes. But these will pay a little in electricity. At the beginning of 2022, a study showed that while individuals were making 47-49% of electric trips (which is in line with Citro├źn data), the proportion for companies is 11-15%.

You can also move on to the next step ASAP, 100% electric. Moreover, customers seem to be doing this: in France, in the January-July period, electric cars accounted for 12% of sales, while sales of rechargeable hybrids were 8%. In Europe, while sales of electric vehicles continue to grow in a market disrupted by a lack of electronic components, sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles are declining.

True, the electric car is backed by a higher bonus, at least for vehicles worth up to 47,000 euros. As far as autonomy is concerned, if plug-in hybrids have an advantage with ‘bi-fuel’, they are challenged by electric cars which now have improved autonomy, with the new family cars having around 450km of autonomy. And even if they are not comparable, the customer knows that fast shipping will help them have a great trip. And if it takes longer than a tank full of gas, it is now much cheaper.

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