German Drivers Found To Prefer Plug-In Hybrids Over Conventional Hybrids

1 year ago by Steven Loveday 7

Volvo XC90 T8 - Image Credit: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

Volvo XC90 T8 – (InsideEVs/Michael Beinenson)

A recent survey by GKN driveline found that 75% of German drivers prefer plug-in hybrids, and 61.2% agree that 50km of electric range would suffice.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

Over 1,000 German drivers were polled concerning opinions on drivelines. While 96% of the responders admitted to being environmentally aware, practicality trumps that in regards to cars. Peter Moelgg, GKN Automotive President of Engineering, said:

“Drivers are environmentally conscious and like technology to offer clear benefits. The challenge is introducing eco-friendly technologies that add real value for them. We believe that plug-in hybrids with all-wheel drive make sense – and the public’s positive response to vehicle programmes that offer this combination – like the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine, BMW i8 and Porsche 918 Spyder – can only continue to grow.”

Currently, in Germany, 2.3% of drivers use a hybrid as a primary vehicle, 23.4% drive diesels, 72.6% drive gasoline, and 0.3% drive all-electric or plug-ins. Over 37% of those surveyed believe that gasoline offers the best driving experience.

Factors most likely to persuade drivers to consider a plug-in hybrid:

  • More available charging points (52%)
  • Tax incentives (45%)
  • Performance improvements (33%)
  • Environmental concerns (32%)

Around half of those surveyed have an expectation that their dealerships will offer a plug-in hybrid option, and that the ideal car would be a plug-in with AWD.

GKN Driveline Senior Director for Product Technology and Advanced Engineering, Theo Gassmann, explained:

“It’s clear that for many drivers, making future vehicles more rewarding to drive is as important as protecting the environment. At GKN, we believe that driveline innovations must do both. We are developing a new generation of plug-in hybrid systems that will make personal mobility more sustainable and enjoyable for decades to come.”

GKN introduced the eAxle in 2002 in the PSA Peugeot Citroen. The company is an Official Porsche Technology Partner due to its involvement in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder program. GKN pioneered the first two-speed eAxle in the plug-in hybrid BMW i8, and builds the eAxle for Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine PHEV program.

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7 responses to "German Drivers Found To Prefer Plug-In Hybrids Over Conventional Hybrids"

  1. David Murray says:

    A plug-in hybrid is what a hybrid should have been from the very beginning.

    1. Bone says:

      Exactly. I still remember how disappointed I was when Prius came to market and I found out it’s not a plug-in hybrid. I had thougt it would be.

  2. manbitesgas says:

    Ah yes, those famous German “practical” cars: BMW i8, Porsche 918 Spyder, the S-Class… So so practical. Also, they are “environmentally conscious”, in 4th place, after money and power. Sure thing Deutschland. We really need to stop listening to “polls”.

  3. Speculawyer says:

    50KM = ~30 miles . . . that’s too little.

    But at least it is good to hear that they are figuring out the advantages of PHEVs. Wouldn’t it be nice to be less reliant on Vladimir Putin and the Russian bear?

  4. Jack says:

    Aha, “A recent survey by GKN driveline…”. GKN, the company, who was involved in the Porsche 918 Spyder program, “pioneered the … eAxle in the … BMW i8″, ” builds the eAxle for Volvo XC90 T8″… So this company figured out, that “the public’s positive response to vehicle programmes that offer this combination (PHEV and AWD) – like the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine, BMW i8 and Porsche 918 Spyder – can only continue to grow.”
    So, what’s the meaning of this “story”, apart from marketing “blabla”???

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Nice detective work.

  5. George says:

    To me a plug in hybrid like the gen 2 Volt makes the most sense. With 53 miles of all electric and 420 miles overall there is no range anxiety at all. Plus the vast majority of driving should be in electric mode. Just hope the price can come down a little more so I can buy one.