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