‘Outdated and pointless’: Hybrid cars ‘should be banned’ for holding back EV revolution

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In March, plug in hybrids (PHEV) made up 6.6 percent of the market share of UK vehicles, while hybrid vehicles (HEV) represented 11.4 percent of newly registered vehicles. Despite this, Aidan McClean, Founder of UFODRIVE, Europe’s biggest all electric car hire company, argued that hybrid cars are slowing the transition to electric vehicles.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “Hybrid cars are more than outdated and pointless.

“They are holding back to the transition to clean transport and net-zero.

“They briefly had a place, back in the 1990s, in demonstrating electric technology, but now have no place in the world – and I would go as far as to say that they should be banned along with combustion engines as soon as possible.

“The reason I propose such a draconian measure is because hybrid cars are not only doing very little to help, they are actually slowing the transition to zero emission fully electric cars. 

“This is due to two main reasons; firstly, they are an unnecessary distraction for consumers, and secondly, they are blocking infrastructure which should only be used for fully electric cars.

“Many people want to drive more efficient, and therefore more fuel friendly machines – and at first glance, a hybrid appears to be the answer to both.

“You will never have to worry about running out of range, because you still have an internal combustion engine in a hybrid car, and you can feel good about yourself because you are reducing your emissions, right? Wrong.”

Hybrid cars are often seen as more environmentally friendly than petrol and diesel vehicles because they have an electric battery, which can allow the car to travel without any exhaust emissions temporarily.

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However, the presence of an electric battery and a fuel tank makes the vehicle far heavier and less efficient in terms of needing to fill up more often.

In November 2021, Channel 4’s Dispatches programme discovered that certain groups of potentially harmful pollutants are worse in some new hybrid cars than some new diesels.

With an electric motor, hybrids can reduce exhaust emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter.

Tyre wear is also a huge problem for hybrid vehicles with tyres releasing more particulate matter with the heavier weight of the car. 

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