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.
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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