Volvo Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) Myths Debunked

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The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) combines a conventional petrol engine and a battery-powered electric motor, thereby offering a more powerful driving experience. With a greater electric range due to a combination of a larger battery pack and electric motor, PHEVs are becoming more popular than ever. The magnifying reach and subsequent growing demand for PHEVs, like any new progressive idea, introduces many rumours surrounding the safety, efficiency and reliability of electric vehicles. An exploration into the widely available information about PHEVs has led us to discover that the myths are easily disproven.

PHEVs are complicated to drive

Understandably, faced with both a petrol engine and electric motor, PHEVs may seem somewhat overwhelming and complicated to drive. Though, recent developments of PHEVs have led to the driving experience feeling more alike driving a traditional, non-electric vehicle. Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid models offer a range of drive modes - including Pure electric, balanced Hybrid and full Power modes - so each driver can choose their most comfortable driving method.

PHEVs are not powerful

The combination of petrol engines and electric motors allows for a smooth, refined drive through effortless performances from any vehicle in the Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid car range. Power mode allows your vehicle to zoom through the day whilst Hybrid mode maximises the efficiency of your vehicle. Volvo PHEVs powered by twin engines are sure to provide you with a hugely powerful electric vehicle.

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PHEVs will stall when the onboard battery’s power depletes

If ever in the situation of a flat electric battery, the petrol engine is there for backup. Though unlikely to ever run completely flat due to twin engines that work together seamlessly, if the electric motor’s power were to deplete, the petrol combustion engine will run on its own to power the vehicle and ensure your driving experience remains smooth until the electric motor is charged once again.

PHEV services are more difficult

Though a valid worry for the first drivers of PHEVs, electric motor vehicles are now widely recognised and established in the motor industry. This means that servicing for PHEVs is widely available at most dealers, so there is a range of support provided to PHEV drivers.

PHEV batteries need to be replaced frequently

It is true that electric batteries will not last forever, however the current belief is that the electric motors in PHEVs will need to be replaced long-after most owners have upgraded their current vehicle. Historically, the electric battery has outperformed public predictions in terms of longevity and with great developments being made in the electric motor industry every day, continuous efforts are being made to create a more sustainable battery to power PHEVs whilst retaining the durability.

PHEV plug-in points are sparsely available

Electric car charging stations are now available nationwide, with charging points being installed in local areas across the country. A quick online search can find the nearest charging point and apps are available to help. Often, PHEVs can be charged at home – any Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid arrives with its own home-friendly charging cable.

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