Smart electric driving? One year of free electricity from Volvo.

The market share of plug-in hybrids is increasing rapidly. According to the KBA, the number of registered vehicles in Germany rose to 2019 in 102.175. An increase of 52,5% over the previous year. The strong growth will continue, Volvo wants to be part of it. Of course, the Swedes have a good idea.

Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo XC40 Recharge

Plug-in hybrids are the trend. But they are not without controversy. For some, they combine the best of both worlds. On long journeys with the combustion engine, without the disadvantages of a pure electric car. No long loading time, no fear of range. In the city drive purely electrically, without emissions.

For the others, they are bridge technology that nothing should be really good at. The accusation is too heavy and too complex, technology in a double pack with electric drive and combustion engine. In addition, there is the general suspicion that hybrid drivers take government subsidies and the tax bonus with them, but almost never drive electrically or recharge their batteries. The first demands have already been made that state premiums only be paid after proof. The environmental bonus should only be transferred if a high percentage of the distance covered was driven purely electrically.

The problem is smoldering, the discussion is just beginning. The Gothenburg brand encourages electric charging. It gives the charging current for one year.

One year of charging current included

Drivers of Volvo Recharge models who have or will make the decision to buy a model between October 16, 2019 and September 20, 2020 will benefit. You can use the vehicle Volvo on call app register for the promotion.

The manufacturer will reimburse up to 3.000 kWh during the campaign. For an XC40, XC60 or V60 with an average of 15.000 kilometers per year, Volvo expects a refund of € 300,00. With intensive use with a high electrical component, up to € 900,00 per year is possible.

Volvo is doing a bit on Tesla. For many years, Californian customers had been able to draw electricity from the Supercharger free of charge, an argument for the brand. Maybe the environmental idea is behind it. The calculation, who has got used to driving silently through the city with the plug-in hybrid, will do that even after the action has ended. The environment would be happy. Electricity from renewable energies required.

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5 thoughts on "Smart electric driving? One year of free electricity from Volvo."

  • @StF @Tom
    Thanks for the replies!

  • Mazda will bring a Wankel engine as a range extender. It is very interesting, the brand is currently swimming in many things against the current.

  • I see many advantages in plug-in hybrids, provided you live “right” and use it “properly”. If you never charge it, it is of course nonsensical to carry the electric with you, but if you can do the short errands electrically and the electricity at best you can do a lot of things right and for the long haul you have the combustion engine and do not have to go to the fast charger every 200-300km to recharge energy for at least 30 minutes as with a pure electric car. I think the idea of ​​Volvo with the free electricity is good, so the plug-in driver is really charged.

  • @ Gosh

    As far as I know, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plugin Hybrid and the Honda CR-V Hybrid are designed in such a way that they correspond more to a serial hybrid and the combustion engine is mostly operated as a kind of range extender.

    However, such concepts should only develop their greatest potential for climate protection if the combustion engine is consistently optimized to an operating point that is used for recharging. Everyone who has implemented a kind of range extender concept has simply taken a motor off the shelf and adjusted it more or less, apparently giving away part of the potential climate protection potential.

    Obrist Powertrain propagates something similar with her hyper hybrid and Professor Sauer from RWTH Aachen University favors such a concept, if not exclusively (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325767994_Systeme_der_Elektromobilitat_-_Stand_und_Perspektiven [Download full-text PDF]).

    The design of the battery and burner size can be discussed. A small battery with a small range extender is probably cost-optimized for the medium distance. However, customers tend to prefer larger batteries with a powerful range extender, which currently leads to a high-priced product with a relatively small customer group.

  • I am also one of those who buy one. I am aware that it is a bridge technology, even that it is not perfect. But a good start. In addition to the government funding, which I find very attractive (but will also load), it has the advantage of bringing two worlds together. As you have already written, no fear of range ec. ec., which makes it easier for me to get to know the E drive. At the moment I would not want to access a pure E drive. It would be ideal if the electrical range were 100-150km. This enables me to cover almost 90% of my professional traffic volume. A manufacturer no longer thinks or develops a range extender like the Ampera / GM Volt. Why not?

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