‘Placebo’: Hybrid cars are ‘irrelevant’ as calls grow to ditch petrol and diesel for EVs

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Hybrid vehicles were once seen as the fuel type to help bridge the gap between petrol and diesel cars and electric vehicles, but now have been branded an “unnecessary distraction”. Aidan McClean, founder and CEO of UFODRIVE, Europe’s largest all electric car hire company, has slammed hybrid cars, saying they are hindering the progress towards complete electrification.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “Some might say they may be marginally better for the environment. 

“Even if we say for argument’s sake that this is true, it is their position within the market and the impact on the consumer that makes their overall impact still negative.

“They are a placebo, and an unnecessary distraction from going full electric and seeing real, measurably positive impacts for carbon emissions and therefore the climate.

“If people go hybrid, they think they may not need to go fully electric as they are ‘doing their bit’ – without doing very much at all. 

“Although the warm feeling of complacency when you make the ethical choice is no bad thing, when this feeling is misplaced, it just distracts and further delays significant, valuable changes.”

The UK Government remains firm in its stance to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, with a ban on hybrids coming in 2035.

In a 2021 report, the Government said that full hybrids and plug-in hybrids play a “key role” in helping consumers adapt to zero emission driving.

As part of the “10 point plan for a green industrial revolution”, the Government announced step two will see all new cars and vans be fully zero emission at the tailpipe from 2035.

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The European Union has also proposed an effective ban on all non-electric vehicles by 2035.

This comes as Germany looks to be ending its subsidies for plug-in hybrid cars by the end of this year and cut a cash bonus for electric vehicles by a third from 2023, according to Bloomberg.

Aidan McClean, who authored “Electric Revolution: Myths and truths about electric vehicles and the climate disaster”, said electric vehicles need to be prioritised.

He said: “There is only a limited amount of electric charge points out there – and even less of those rapid charging points so vital to the electrification of our roads and motorways, and therefore the green transition. 

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