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Europe: Some Dutch Drivers Do Not Charge Their Plug-In Hybrids – Only Run Them on Gasoline!

We were shocked when we first read about this rather unusual piece of news, coming from the Netherlands, whom we assumed were the greenest of all Europeans, as sales of EVs, hybrids and extended-range hybrids have been going well for a while now.

However, it seems that some Dutch drivers misuse their Opel Amperas and Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids, by not plugging them in, and using them as regular cars, thus negating the beneficial effect of the hybrid system. According to Dutch leasing company Arval, they discovered cars with an average 80% increase in their fuel consumption, over the manufacturer claims.
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