“Climate fraud”: German EV support boosting sales of big SUV hybrids

Posted: October 22, 2020 by oldbrew in Emissions, fraud, government, Travel
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BMW plug-in hybrid

German car buyers soon worked out that a heavily subsidised hybrid could often be bought for less than the non-hybrid version of the same model – but could then be run on fuel as much as they liked, making a mockery of so-called climate policies.
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Germany’s EV boom is partly thanks to generous government incentives, but these are also helping to boost sales of big SUVs, reports The Driven.

Government subsidies for electric vehicles are also given to plug-in hybrids which run both on battery power and a combustion engine.

Their sales have picked up by 463 percent compared to September 2019, and it is large SUVs such as the BMW X5 plug-in-hybrid that are profiting from the government premium, Georg Meck writes in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

And while car manufacturers praise these models as increasing acceptance of electric mobility, researchers and the Green Party say that funding such cars is wasting taxpayers’ money and could even be bad for the climate since a small combustion engine car is cleaner than a large SUV hybrid.

Green Politician Cem Özdemir called it “government funded climate fraud”, Meck writes.

The government’s advisory panel “National Platform on the Future of Mobility” has said that the government should re-design its e-car subsidies.

Full article here.
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The Driven has another article headlined:
‘Don’t park in the garage: Hyundai Australia warns Kona Electric owner of fire risk’

Hyundai is now saying the advice was given in error.

  1. oldbrew says:

    since a small combustion engine car is cleaner than a large SUV hybrid

    But people who want a large SUV obviously aren’t going to be impressed by that.
    [See photo above: hybrid has twin exhausts]

  2. saighdear says:

    huh, nothing nnew there:What WOULD the older Generations ofgermansbe thinking? seemssome willingly accept what the Gov.& Media chuck at them, others erupt! Last night on Satellite ZDF Channel was full of green rubbish:one wonders what are the Greens really ‘on about’ . Evening began( mine) with watching the reports on the Mining of rare minerals for the batteries and the expoitation by the Chinese of Africa. ( haven’t we heard that before ? ) and then howVW especially followed by BMW use so much and VW being thte biggest …whatever yet despite beinga german Co. sales of electrical vehicles were highest in Norway. and of course, just about ALL Multinational vehicle manufacturers have Big fat fingers in the CHinese Pie. China has the monopoly of battery production – so then it would appear that they ( VW et al)encourage China to do what china does. …. Och and then it went to talk abot dying burning forests…. ( Poor management/ Political Bad management. ) Bite the bullet and accept that green management is adversemanagement. I switched off. …..

  3. JB says:

    “government funded climate fraud”

    Such a nugget

  4. oldbrew says:

    Another one with twin exhausts – Lexus NX 300h Sport Hybrid…

  5. Phoenix44 says:

    Poorer people subsidising richer people to increase emissions.

    But at least they care about the environment.

  6. […] already knew the subsidies for these types of vehicle were a waste of money, but this makes it look even worse. […]