johnm wrote:I'm not sure I see the point of a hybrid, it's a bit like a diesel electric loco, the electric part is really little more than a transmission system AFAICS.
My BMW 530e is an absolute joy - best car I've ever had. I'm averaging well in excess of 80 mpg. From an electric only point of view, I can bimble around town all weekend without using any fuel.
On the motorway when running solely on the petrol engine, I'm getting a remarkable 44.1 mpg and that is not at 70mph... or 80...
The performance when both the electric motor and petrol engine kick in together is more than adequate propelling the nearly 2 tonne car to 60 in under 6 seconds.
It also makes the start-stop system absolutely transparent as it always starts using the electric motor.
I've had the car for 9 months now and have not noticed any change in my electricity bill. I changed tariffs about the same time I got the car, so whatever trivial saving I made by doing that has cancelled out the charging cost.
In my opinion, it's the best of both worlds for now. I don't like the Tesla, and have no interest in the other full electric vehicles (LEAF et al).