PHEVs like Mazda’s new CX-60 are “mostly electric,” but won’t appease many green groups

February 24, 2023

PHEVs provide an impressive transition between internal combustion engines (ICE) and battery electric vehicles. They can provide up to 50 miles of electric-only range, although the Mazda CX-60 PHEV that has just been tested managed just over an average 31 miles per gallon (37 miles per U.S. gallon). But green lobby groups protest their use because they allow a role for ICE technology. Surveys of average car and SUV use show many motorists would find this was enough range, even with the Mazda. It would take care of much daily driving including local commuting, school runs and shopping. Long distances can be rarer but if required, a PHEV can easily just switch seamlessly to the combustion engine and handle the long summer trip to the sun or the skiing trip, for maybe 400 miles or more. Read original article here.

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