Plug-In Hybrids Favored By Potential Electric Car Buyers
Plug-in Hybrids, The Intelligent In Between. Yes, they are technically challenging, they come in all shapes and form, and they can cost a lot to develop, they also answer a daunting question, how far? Plug-in hybrids are a formidable force for the automobile industry and are the perfect answer to the dilemma of wanting an electric car but still wanting a back up energy source on-board. But are they enough to jolt a wait and see crowd of potential car buyers?
Plug-In Hybrids, Best Of All Worlds. Plug-in hybrids offer a lot of benefits, if done intelligently. Mild plug-in hybrids might be cheaper to make and offer very little flexibility. A Prius is optimized to function the way it does with very little driver choice. Intelligent PHEVs popping up, such as Ford’s amazing C-MAX Energi offer choice and flexibility. In the Energi’s case, a driver can choose from gasoline only, to electricity and dual mode, with amazing gas saving and fastest electric speed available.
Pike Research’s John Gartner finds in another study that plug-in hybrids will outsell battery electrics in the U.S., at least for the first six to seven years, which seems to make sense on paper. The study categorizes both plug-in hybrids as with the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, the two upcoming Energi models from Ford, as well as the Chevrolet Volt, technically a plug-in hybrid. The study also finds that pure battery cars will be on par with their hybrid cousins by 2020.