Blog: Are hybrid cars green enough?

We are sitting in an EVPlus, German automaker ZF Friedrichschafen’s greenest prototype, and trying to avoid the Brussels rush -hour. Where there is gridlock, at least it’s guilt-free: the EVPlus runs 100km on an electric battery.

Range anxiety. It’s a real problem, implores Hanna Blankemeyer, ZF Friedrichshafen’s head of Brussels office, from the backseat. This new entry to the long list of Brussels jargon speaks to drivers’ fears that fully electric cars could run out of juice mid-journey. ‘There is not the infrastructure yet to support all-electric,” she says. 

Aside from cost, ‘range anxiety’ is considered to be one of the main barriers to the electric transport transition. On the eve of a possible slew of new green regulations, ‘range anxiety’ is also the strongest card in hand for hybrid car manufacturers. 

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