The surge of sales in hybrids in the UK I think was driven by company car users who saw hugely beneficial personal tax breaks for using them. They were/are only interested in their tax liability and not really into saving emissions, perhaps that’s a bit strong but I know what their primary concern is/was. As company car uses they need range and these cars, and all electric, have very limited range still.Zach wrote: ↑Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:36 pmSo really to me it sounds like really due to driver behaviour...if you use a PHEV properly you'd have low emissions but if you drive it like a traditional hybrid you won't be making any difference.Transport and Environment's analysis says a key problem with plug-in hybrids is that so many owners rarely actually charge their cars, meaning they rely on the petrol or diesel engine.
Another is that many plug-in hybrid models include design features that automatically turn on the petrol/diesel engine at start-up on a cold day, or will kick in that engine if driver accelerates hard.
The latter mode means that the car's emissions will depend a lot on the driver's behaviour.
"If you always charge the battery and tend to do lots of short journeys, they will have very low emissions," says Nick Molden, who runs Emissions Analytics, a company that specialises in vehicle emissions evaluation.
"If you never charge the battery and drive very aggressively then they can have significantly higher emissions than the equivalent petrol or diesel model," he continues.
I would move to an electric car tomorrow if it had the range I needed and didn’t take ages to recharge. The big issue for me and many others in the UK is that there are not enough charging points. Many like me would have significant problems even charging at home as it is parked across the road from my house, it’s only a small public road that has about 10 cars a day drive down it but it’s still a public road. I do not have space to park cars next to my house so home charging is not a financially viable option as it would cost a small fortune to get power to where I need it as it would require going under a public road.
The UK is talking about banning sales of all petrol/diesel cars by 2030 and hybrids by at least 2035 although that might change to 2030. That maybe 10 years away but it’s not long enough for UK governments to get organised and create an infrastructure to support electric.
Hydrogen offers more benefits than electric as it doesn’t need a cultural change to driving, engines as well as they use allot less environmentally unfriendly materials in their production. The only issue I see is the amount of non-renewable energy they are using to produce the hydrogen, if they move that to renewable then it’s a clear winner.