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I read Ni­col Louw’s col­umn The Hy­brid Crutch in the July 2017 is­sue in which he makes valid points as well as crit­i­cisms. Here is another view­point: I drive a Volvo XC90 T8 and, hav­ing lived with it for more than a year, I re­alise that it is re­ally two dif- fer­ent cars in one. On the daily com­mute from home to of ce, I utilise the elec­tric pow­er­train ex­clu­sively. Of course, I live nearby, but it still means that my fuel con­sump­tion from Mon­day to Fri­day is 0,0 L/100 km. A sin­gle charge in my garage, from a nor­mal three-point plug, al­lows me two trips to and fro at a cost of roughly R7,50 per trip.

On longer trips, the elec­tric pow­er­train is in­ad­e­quate, but I’m com­fort­able with the 10,0 L/100 km I achieve on week­ends away. Fur­ther­more, should I se­lect AWD on the open road, I have lim­it­less elec­tri­cal power driv­ing the rear wheels due to an en­gine-pow­ered gen­er­a­tor keep­ing the bat­tery charged through­out. ER­WIN LINGENFELDER Hat eld

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