Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) combine a combustion engine and electric drive and thus combine the strengths of both drives. A combustion engine is on board for long-distance journeys. Shorter distances can be covered emission-free with the help of an electric motor. The electric motor receives its energy from a battery that can be charged via a plug. As a rule, PHEV uses significantly smaller batteries than BEV. At present, for example, ranges of around 50 kilometers are common. Future plug-in hybrids will have significantly higher electrical ranges.
In addition to BEV, plug-in hybrids are an integral part of the drive strategy for many manufacturers. The vehicles already enable electric and thus locally emission-free driving in the city. At the same time, they are attractive for customers because the combustion engine, which is also available, means that there is no need to be afraid of range. The international manufacturers are strong at PHEV. With over 52,000 registrations in 2020, they have a market share of 26 per cent.