This month, ACL talks about the hybrid electric car, a vehicle combining 2 engine types: one electric and the other standard, generally petrol, with the aim of maximum fuel consumption reduction. As with the electric car we talked about in our previous article, this type of vehicle is gradually gaining ground in Luxembourg.
ACL brings you up to speed with the technology:
1. Wide-ranging features depending on the model
- ”Classic” hybrid vehicle: this particular technology offers excellent fuel savings (+/- 25%) but without the need to plug in to recharge.
- Hybrid plug-in vehicle (rechargeable): thishas a more powerful electric engine, a battery with a bigger capacity and, most importantly, a plug for recharging on the national grid.
- ”Light” hybrid or mild-hybrid technology: This is the simplest technology, making itthe cheapest at the point of purchase. The combustion engine is assisted by a starter alternator acting as a generator by recovering kinetic energy when braking or decelerating.
The electric-powered range of a hybrid non-rechargeable electric car is restricted to a few km of urban driving. With a small capacity of around 1.5 kWh, the battery is generally recharged via the combustion engine and kinetic energy recovery on braking.
By way of contrast, the increased battery capacity of a rechargeable hybrid vehicle of around 10 kWh provides a 100% electric-powered range often reaching between 30 and 60 km and a top speed of around 120 km/h. The combustion engine only kicks inabove these values, or on pronounced acceleration, and recharging is similar to an electric car, being via a domestic socket or recharging point.
3 How does the recharging work?
The battery recharges in various ways:
- on braking, via energy recovery (regenerative braking):
- depending on the configuration, an internal combustion engine can also be used to recharge the battery by transforming the engine into an electricity generator:
- externally (rechargeable hybrid).
4. Try before you buy
Ride, road handling, acceleration, regeneration modes and features – a test in real conditions lets you see how it actually feels at the wheel of a hybrid car and make a better comparison between the various models.
Call the Mobility LOFT now and make an appointment: this completely impartial service is free for ACL members, giving you the chance to find out everything you need before you decide which type of engine to go for. You can also request to do a vehicle test drive free of charge:
5. Subsidy for the purchase of a hybrid vehicle
Good news! The €2,500 subsidy has been renewed for 2020 for the purchase of a rechargeable electric hybrid motor vehicle (including vans) with CO2 emissions under 50 g/km. Further information: https://guichet.public.lu/fr/citoyens/transports-mobilite/transports-individuels/aides-financieres-acquisition-detention-vehicule/deduction-mobilite-durable-2019.html