PHEV not frugal at all, say scholars

PHEV not economical at all

We start with a special statement. The PHEV is not economical at all, according to people who may know. To speak to Phoebe Buffay: “that is brand new information !!!!

Welcome at the Association of Own Opinion & Open Door on the early Sunday morning. Another foundation has conducted an investigation. The outcome? A PHEV is not economical at all and very bad for the environment. Since they have done research, it is true. But how is that possible?


First of all, the researchers. They come from it International Council on Clean Transportation and Fraunhofer ISI-institute. The have collected data from more than 100,000 PHEVs. Cars driving around Asia, Europe and the US. Their findings were devastating: the PHEV is not economical at all. No, it is at least TWICE as inefficient as the manufacturer promises. Whether it concerns the NEDC or WLTP measurement method. Incidentally, four times worse than the statement was no exception in this study.

PHEV not economical at all

PHEV not economical at all, so

So all those cars that emit less than 50 grams of CO2 per kilometer on paper, just do between 100 and 200 grams per kilometer on asphalt. We also looked at how this can be done now, because the difference is very large. The answer is simple and no one could have foreseen. Many of these PHEVs are driven as company cars (many kilometers) and the drivers are armed with a fuel card. So it is a bit of mopping with the tap open.

PHEV not economical at all

Too much power, too little juice

The researchers state that the maximum power is much too high and the capacity of the batteries is too low. This is why PHEVs are not economical at all. If a manufacturer with a PHEV really wants to make a difference, the range must be at least 80 kilometers.

Something to think about

In short, lots of food for thought. Do not forget that really economical cars such as a Citroen C1 or Seat Mii will soon disappear from the market because of their relatively high (but very realistic) emissions. This while huge battleships such as the Porsche Panamera and Range Rover with their less realistic figures do meet the requirements of the environmental police.

PHEV not economical at all

PHEV not at all economical due to misuse

In particular, it is not taken into account the use of the PHEV. It’s a bit like a gym membership. If you have that pass, you will not automatically become fit and slim. You have to exchange the burgers for carrots and actually be active at the gym. Incidentally, the outcome of the study is particularly remarkable. The lead in the investigation, Patrick Plotz, was still in favor of PHEV a few years ago. Even after findings of an investigation.

PHEV not economical at all

WLTP consumption of cars in the images:

  1. Porsche Panamera 4S Sport Turismo e-Hybrid: 1 in 33.3
  2. BMW 745e: 1 in 47.62
  3. Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design: 1 in 47.62
  4. Mercedes-Benz GLE 350e 4Matic: 1 in 111.11
  5. Range Rover Autobiography LWB: 1 in 47.62
  6. Audi Q8 60 TFSI e: 1 in 38.46
  7. Citroen C1 1.0 VTi I: 1 in 20.8 (BOE !!!!)

Source: Automotive News.


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