Thought of the Day: Plug-in Hybrid Hate (Nikki, March 25, 2014)

Nikki responds to Mark’s Thoughts from yesterday on electric car upgrades and options, and wonders why so many plug-in car fans abhor plug-in hybrids.

Unlike our other shows, Thought of the Day is our chance to muse on one big story in the news each day, using it as a spring board to explore other topics, sometimes even outside of the Transport Evolved universe. Every weekday, Nikki and Mark will take it in turns to explore a story that catches our eye, developing a back and forth conversation between Transport Evolved’s two regular hosts.

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  • Richard Glover

    Plug-in Hybrid Hate.nnI contemplated owning a Prius. They had become a colt car but I could not see my wife wanting to drive it. Got rid of my plodding diesel and have a lovely blue Leaf. Itu2019s fast and smooth but I had not realised just how fast everyone is driving these days. Yes they were all whizzing past me before but I took no notice because I knew I was slow. Now Iu2019m doing seventy and theyu2019re still whizzing past me, and a good many of them are smoking Priusu2019. So that has rather coloured my judgement of hybrids and rexs. nnAnd as I have been trashing the planet for the past 65 years I think it should be illegal for me to drive other than emission free.

    • vdiv

      So for you a Prius and a plug-in hybrid like the GTE and arguably the Volt/Ampera are one and the same? And because some people drive them irresponsibly, at least according to you, they are not good and should even be hated?nnHolier than thou a bit, perhaps?!nnIf not ever wonder what a cyclist or even a Twizy driver thinks about your bourgeois LEAF? 🙂

      • Richard Glover

        yes and yes.ncan an atheist be holier than thou?ncyclists should be on the pavements nTwizys are coolnbut are Leaf bourgeois? I’d like them to be as common as muck

  • As soon as you have chosen to drive a full EV, it’s a small step to consider the plug-in hybrid as a compromise for the ‘weak’ that don’t dare to cut the umbilical cord. To compensate for the envy when they whizzed past you in their ‘Ampera’ or ‘Outlander’ when you were shivering along 80 km/h to not end up stranded with a flat battery.nnYou can also reverse the question: We all know there are some pretty compelling reasons to drive a plug-in hybrid, but does that mean we HAVE to like them?

  • Richard Glover

    A friend of mine is a London cabby and does around 300 miles in a night ( he has to get there first, so I’m not surprised). The BMW i3 has a tight turning circle and with a rex has the making of a useful mini-cab. Perhaps BMW should consider producing a London Black-cab version of their i3.

  • DerekOsb

    I am probably a bit premature in commenting as I have not even got my car yet (I collect my new Ampera on Saturday) however I am a convert from a very smoky diesel and looking forward to driving an EV. Even if it still has an engine.nnnNikki is probably right, I need the E-REV as a soft step into EV ownership. My driving profile did not fit a purely BEV (that I could afford) but the Ampera gives me the flexibility to allow me to make the move across.nnnThe next few years should prove interesting for me…