Wallis has lifted subsidies for plug-in hybrid vehicles on the Swiss continent, following a report that provided less benefit in terms of emissions and fuel consumption on mountain roads.
The study was conducted at the request of Wallace executives by Company Impact Living, which is active as an Assistant Project Manager.
According to the study, “Quantitative results (measurements of actual fuel consumption) show that plug-in hybrid vehicles are far inferior to their promises and offer very few advantages (if any) compared to traditional combustion engines.
Mark Mర్ller, one of the authors of the study, an energy engineer, told Swiss Public Radio RTS that these vehicles were “CO2 standards, weather targets and consumer scams!”
The study shows that plug-in hybrids “emit almost 4 times more CO2 than announced by the manufacturers” in the realities of the topography of the mountainous region of Valais.
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According to the study, “even a driver and short trips with charging stations at home and in the office do not meet the manufacturer’s values”.
“Hybrid vehicles are often advertised by manufacturers at 1.5-2.5 liters per 100 kilometers, but in reality they consume between 4 and 7 liters, just like diesel vehicles,” M ముller told RTS.
Wallace, which funded the Impact Living study, has already eliminated subsidies for these vehicles.
In 2020, the NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) analyzed the behavior of the three best-selling models this year, already confirming that the CO2 emissions of plug-in hybrid vehicles were higher than those officially announced by the manufacturers.
Studies by the NGO International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT) have found that the real-life CO2 emissions of plug-in hybrids are generally higher than the measurements reported during their approval process.
For many professionals, the plug-in hybrid combines garbage from two worlds, namely heat engine (air pollution) and electric motor faults (overweight and cost due to both engines).
When they are not recharged regularly, these cars become much more usable. But, used properly and for some drivers combining longer distances on highways and urban use, the plug-in remains an alternative to the hybrid diesel, which is not favorable from Volkswagen’s rig engines scandal.