Climate group “Transport and Environment” claims that plug-in hybrids produce much higher real-world emissions than advertised.
PHEVs are the perfect stepping-stone to an electric-powered future and a half-way house between conventional combustion engines and electric vehicles. However, combustion engines in these PHEVs still produce CO2 emissions.
And recently, according to tests commissioned by the European climate group Transport and Environment (T&E), plug-in hybrid cars emit far more CO2 than advertised.
The study covered popular hybrid SUV models, including Volvo XC90, BMW X5, and Mitsubishi Outlander. And, according to the results, even under optimal conditions, CO2 emissions were higher than the manufacturers’ figures.
Julia Poliscanova, senior director for clean vehicles at T&E, said that plug-in hybrid cars are fake electric cars, built for lab tests and tax breaks, and not real driving. She went on to say that the governments should stop wasting taxpayers’ money by subsidizing these cars.
T&E’s announcement came just days after the release of new EU rules, which laid out tighter emission limits for automakers.
In response to T&E, automakers already sent out emails. Volvo said that its cars and are fully compliant with the existing emission legislation. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi stated that independent tests could be unreliable, and the figures vary depending on conditions. BMW has not yet responded to the announcement.
Despite all the criticism, hybrid sales accounted for half of EVs or partial EVs in the first quarter of 2020.