Originally Posted by JockoT
The problem with PHEVs in Europe was companies were given a tax break for buying them, so they purchased hundreds and ran them as ordinary ICE vehicles. The man in the street buying a PHEV ran it as it was intended to be run.
Regarding the new Hybrid Civic with electric traction, 64 mpg should be achievable if the Jazz with a similar drive train is anything to go by.
Reports I read mentioned the companies further deincentivised employees that wanted to charge by not reimbursing for charging costs, but doing so for the petrol. Didn't help that the popular PHEVs weren't the best in terms of hybrid efficiency.
May not be as big of an issue now, but people were buying PHEVs in California, with no intention of charging, for HOV lane access.
PHEVs can be part of the solution, but incentives need to be carefully crafted to avoid the not being being charged pitfall.