Cars 'Make plug-in hybrids work for their eco credentials'

12:40  24 september  2020
12:40  24 september  2020 Source:   autoexpress.co.uk

Volvo calls plug-in hybrids ‘part-time electric cars’

  Volvo calls plug-in hybrids ‘part-time electric cars’ Volvo sees plug-in hybrids as ‘part-time electric cars’ that provide a stepping stone to an electric future. This comes as it launches a new smartphone app.Volvo agrees.

Plug - in hybrid electric vehicles–known as PHEVs–combine a gasoline or diesel engine with an electric motor and a large rechargeable battery. Conventional hybrids have an electric motor and battery, like plug - ins , but derive all their power from gasoline or diesel and can't be recharged by plugging in .

Charging a plug - in hybrid requires a lot of power, and if you plug into a 120-volt outlet, well You can avoid that by making sure that you have a dedicated circuit for charging your Many car companies recommend the plug - in hybrid owners use a 240-volt charging station to charge their plug - in hybrids .

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Mainstream media seized upon research by Greenpeace and Transport and Environment last week, suggesting that plug-in hybrid vehicles have become a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”. This won’t surprise many Auto Express readers, but it turns out that PHEVs aren’t that efficient if you don’t, well, plug them in.

It was an interesting angle for the environmental pressure groups to take – and one that I viewed with interest as I completed another week of pure-electric school runs in our Volvo XC40 plug-in hybrid.

New Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 arrives

  New Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 arrives New Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 arrivesThat figure is for the Recharge T4 in R-Design trim; the same petrol/electric powertrain is also available in Inscription trim for £39,475. A Benefit-in-Kind rating from 12 percent means that both should be an affordable option for company car users.

Plug - in hybrids , sometimes called Plug - in Hybrid -Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), are hybrids with high-capacity batteries that can be charged by plugging them into an electrical outlet or charging station. They can store enough electricity to significantly reduce their petroleum use under typical driving

Plug - in hybrids also save energy through regenerative braking, which recovers much of the energy typically lost when you apply the brakes. Regenerative braking slows the vehicle by converting its momentum into electricity, and stores the electricity in the vehicle's battery. Plug - in hybrids also

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PHEVs are a relatively easy target for the likes of Greenpeace, because if they aren’t used properly, then they are, in effect, regular combustion-engined cars made less efficient by the extra weight of the batteries that they’re forced to carry around.

Trouble is, many company car choosers pick these cars not because of their potential for everyday efficiency and zero-emissions motoring, but because their official CO2 emissions mean they can save a tidy sum on Benefit-in-Kind tax. And when these people then drive their cars as they would a regular petrol or diesel vehicle, they do end up with relatively poor economy.

We agree that this situation is unsatisfactory. But at the same time, we’re with the car industry in rating plug-in hybrid technology as a useful tool in the transition towards all-electric motoring.

So here’s an idea. With fully connected cars becoming more prevalent, there’s scope for a better intelligent taxation system which continues to offer company car choosers financial benefits through choosing more eco-friendly vehicles – but which then hits them with a penalty if they don’t use that zero-emissions ability to a sensible extent. The cars will almost certainly keep a record of when the engine is running and when they’re using battery power alone, so why not use that data to encourage more responsible use of PHEVs?

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It's been a good year for e-car manufacturers in Germany. Their cars are also selling well thanks to increased government subsidies. So good, in fact, that buyers sometimes have to expect years of waiting - the manufacturers simply cannot keep up with production . Nevertheless, e-cars still only make up a minority of newly registered vehicles in the Federal Republic, and a large majority of Germans still opt for combustion engines.

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