Should we stop plug-in hybrid cars now?

Considered a transition to fully electric, plug-in hybrid cars could see their development stopped. Should we keep rechargeable hybrids by taking the benefits of thermal and electric or on the contrary switch to 100% electric and go further, faster?

From right to left BMW iX3, X3 plug-in hybrid and X3 diesel // Source: BMW France

For several years, plug-in hybrids (PHEV) have had some success, although it is still lower compared to other types of motorization. One of the reasons for this success is the tax benefits associated with the purchase of a hybrid vehicle, especially for people with the ecological bonus, but also for professionals and companies with the absence of TVS and fines.

The plug-in hybrid is not as organic as we think

But according to a recent study, plug-in hybrid cars use up to five times more fuel than manufacturers advertise for the approval process. This is the case for cars used by professionals who want to drive many kilometers without having the option of recharging their vehicle. This is due to the weight of the battery, which means that the consumption during thermal use increases compared to the same 100% thermal version.

According to the NGO Transport & Environment, Europe would like to go through the certification process to reflect reality in more detail. It should change the consumption figures far from the 2 liters / 100 km that we see regularly. On the other hand, limiting the CO2 released into the atmosphere is crucial to continuing to inhabit a habitable planet. It is also in order to meet the targets it has set itself that the European Commission wants to ban the sale of new combustion vehicles by 2035.

In addition, the government has removed the € 6,000 ecological bonus for the purchase of certain plug-in hybrid cars on July 1st. From now on, it will only be available for the purchase of a vehicle that emits 0 g / km of CO2, therefore only for electric cars. An ecological bonus still exists for plug-in hybrids, but it is no longer ” to at € 1,000.

Are electric cars the solution?

If thermal and hybrid vehicles are not a solution, the only one left is a priori the electric one. For Gill Pratt, head of the Toyota Research Institute, the electric car may be a solution, but it is not the only one. This requires the installation of charging infrastructure that not all economies on the planet can afford. Other solutions are also in experimental phases, such as hydrogen cars or solar cells, but without any kind of salable versions in the short term, and which raise other problems.

In fact, the very manufacture of vehicles, whether electric or not, produces enormous amounts of CO2, which is difficult to ” compensate for », Regardless of the energy used. Moreover, we are currently in a period of shortage of electronic components and raw materials, especially those used to manufacture the famous batteries.

The best solution is still to avoid buying a car or taking it, it is necessary to aim more towards independence in relation to the car. We can prioritize other means of transport to reduce the number of cars in circulation (carpooling, electric scooters, bicycles (VAE or not), trains, etc.).

The end of 100% electric rechargeable hybrids?

What we then wonder is where we need to place the marker between moving towards all-electric and the help given to rechargeable hybrids. The latter makes it possible not to be dependent on charging stations for electric cars and may be more suitable for certain minority uses. But electric cars are evolving rapidly, with ever-increasing range and ever-shorter charging times.

On the other hand, electric cars are more ecological over their life cycle as the excess energy used during the production of their battery is quickly earned back towards thermobiles. What is your opinion on that? Tell us in this week’s poll.

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