Hybrids will dominate in drive to electrify vehicle fleets

As emissions standards tighten, car manufacturers are promoting both hybrids and electric vehicles. This may slow the switch away from traditional fuels such as petrol and diesel As emissions standards tighten, car manufacturers are promoting both hybrids and electric vehicles. This may slow the switch away from traditional fuels such as petrol and diesel.
By Peter Stewart 19 July 2017 0 26822
Volvo plans to increase its focus on electric and hybrid vehicles. (Volvo)

Over the next year, a gaggle of vehicle manufacturers will join Volvo in talking up the pace of the electrification of Europe’s car fleet. They need to do this to meet stringent emissions standards being brought in by the EU by 2021. But the switch from petrol and diesel looks likely to be slower than the headlines imply because the new vehicles set to be introduced will primarily be hybrids rather than fully electric. According to EU figures, cars are responsible for around 12% of...

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