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