Plug-in hybrids, or PHEVs, combine regular hybrid technology with a plug-in system like that found on pure battery electric vehicles. Automakers view PHEVs as the halfway point between ICE vehicles and EVs.
However, PHEVs still have combustion engines and thus produce C02 emissions. Automakers prefer not to acknowledge this but facts are facts, and now Reuters cites a report stating PHEVs produce more emissions than advertised.
A European campaign group calling itself Transport and Environment (T&E) has gathered the data and is now calling on governments to end PHEV subsidies and other tax breaks. T&E’s data comes from tests conducted by Emissions Analytics who studied three PHEV SUVs – the BMW X5 Hybrid, Volvo XC60 Hybrid, and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The results indicated all three emitted more C02 than claimed even under optimal driving conditions.
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