We have been driving a Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid Outlander in an endurance test for two years now. Two years that have massively changed our view of plug-in hybrid technology. Two years of countless discussions and conversations. With an illuminating of the advantages and disadvantages. Two years in which we drove around 30.000 kilometers with the plug-in hybrid and easily saved 900 liters of gasoline and thus around 2.133 tons of CO2. Saved over 2 tons of CO2 in two years. Over two tons! And yet you have to listen to the standard argument: “Yes, but - such a plug-in hybrid is also much more complex to manufacture”. “It consumes a lot more resources and energy - because of the large battery”.
It's strange - these arguments come mainly from typical diesel leasing vehicle buyers who don't even think about the effect of constant new purchases on their own energy balance. It's such a beautifully simple argument: because something is new, it is complicated. And because you are not familiar with this “strange” battery technology and all the chemistry around it, it is more complicated and time-consuming. And because it is so easy to draw gasoline and diesel. Who has to buy these expensive batteries? Yes - the arguments are always the same “stupid” arguments. A discussion then often becomes emotional. You don't want to be banned from refueling. Driving a car, this freedom on four wheels. Electromobility and plug-in hybrids are then equated with the renunciation of individual mobility - but the opposite is the case.
Plug-in hybrids - the LEDs of mobility
I then like to compare it to the LED. In our house we only have LED technology. Together with the move, a holistic implementation of the energy-saving technology was on the plan. Not a classic light bulb destroys electricity in our house and above all produces waste heat. Since we started using LEDs, the electricity bill has dropped by a good 30% !! We have reduced electricity costs by 30% with the use of LED technology alone. Well - well, we are now immersing that in our plug-in hybrids, but that's another story. It's about efficiency.
The acquisition of the LED technology was expensive. And yes, LEDs are also more complex to manufacture, which is why they are more expensive. But over the entire life cycle, LEDs are the smarter choice. LEDs save significantly more energy over their entire lifecycle than you have spent and thus they not only help the environment, but also your own wallet. Viewed over the entire “life cycle”, LEDs reduce energy consumption by a factor of 10!
And what about the "rare earths"?
Another standard phrase from “apparently enlightened” e-car opponents. Even a TESLA Model S, which has a 6-8 large battery, does not contain 4 kilos of “lithium”. Here, too, people like to play around with the half-knowledge - but in principle they have no argument at all against the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid. Because precisely where these vehicles show their advantages, 90% of car buyers move. In the short haul. Rarely more than 40 kilometers at a time or even a day. Our plug-in hybrid Outlander has saved over two tons of CO2 in the last two years! And it has saved 900 liters of gasoline that would otherwise have been burned. And in contrast to the modern technology of the plug-in hybrid, this fuel can no longer be recycled. The Outlander's battery is still full of juice after 8 years! Mitsubishi guarantees that.