While we are spoiled for choice with Mini, BMW, Skoda, Volvo, Porsche, Mercedes and other car manufacturers joining the plug-in hybrid car bandwagon, the fundamentals are all against them.
While plug-in hybrid cars have become easy to buy, with short delivery times, the manufacturers of pure electric vehicles with the longest range have long waiting lists, yet they will catch up, promises Dr Harrop. GM abandoned its Volt plug-in hybrid. Many users report two types of range anxiety: small battery and small gas tank. The UK withdrew PHEV support because people never plugged them in, which meant there were no environmental benefit. Consequently, although plug-in hybrid sales have been rising, their market share has been dropping since 2013, according to IDTechEx.
"Traditional automotive companies wish to keep the internal combustion engine going for a bit longer. Many have revealed how far they are behind Tesla in pure electric by bringing out what are essentially copies of Tesla powertrains from six years ago but not all. Hyundai Kia, for example has one year waiting lists for its excellent pure-electric cars. They will clear that delay, releasing pent-up demand. Others will rapidly copy that success ", remarks Dr Harrop.