In Europe, they took up arms against plug-in hybridsNovember 24, 2020
The European Climate Group has called on local authorities to stop providing tax breaks and subsidies to plug-in hybrids. Experts are sure that such machines harm the environment more than the advertisement tells us.
Plug-in hybrids emit a lot more CO2 than carmakers tell us. Experts came to this conclusion based on independent tests: they tested three SUVs of different brands: BMW X5, Volvo XC60 and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
The ecologists were not satisfied with the results. Moreover, in their assessments, the authors of this study were rather harsh. So, in their opinion, plug-in hybrids were created not for real driving, but for laboratory research and tax incentives. Therefore, the authorities need to stop supporting this kind of transport at the expense of taxpayers.
Reuters was able to get comment from the companies whose cars featured in the tests. So Volvo was reminded that all of their cars meet the current emission requirements. Mitsubishi said that such independent checks may show unreliable results.
In general, in the three quarters of 2020, plug-in hybrids account for almost half of all sales of electric or electrified cars in the EU.
Earlier, we said that Nissan by 2025 will offer its customers in the PRC only hybrids and electric cars. By this time, the Japanese plan to bring nine car new products with electric and hybrid power plants to the Chinese car market at once.
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