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Can extension lead be used to charge a hybrid?


Is it true that you can't recharge a plug-in hybrid using an extension lead? I read that somewhere, but surely if they can be charged from a domestic three-pin socket, why can't an extension lead be used for longer distances?

Thanking you


Filed under hybrid - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Thu, 28 Oct 2021 12:28

Will there be a hybrid Tiguan in Ireland?

Will there be a VW Tiguan PHEV in Ireland?

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Bob Butler (Lucan) - Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:56

Looking at buying a 2017 BMW 330e...


I am looking at a 2017 BMW 330e Sport. At the moment I travel 30km per day on average so expect the battery-only power to cover most of my driving outside of the weekend. Can you let me know of any issues I should be looking for with a plug-in hybrid of this year? Do you know if there are any battery life issues starting to crop up? My budget is around the €20K mark and the car is for a family of four; are there any other plug-in hybrids (saloon or SUV) I should be looking at for this budget?

Thanks, Joe

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Joe Harbourne (Dublin) - Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:27

Can the BMW X1 hybrid charge its battery?

Reading your review of the BMW X1 plug-in hybrid, can you advise if the engine can charge the drive battery as that battery is the only source of power for the four-wheel drive?

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Barry Matthews (Wicklow) - Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:37

Best hybrid SUV for three teens in back?

Need to replace a very reliable 12-year-old Toyota Corolla Verso that was bought to accommodate three child seats. Mostly city driving, only 100k on said Verso. Now looking at a hybrid SUV, which would need to fit three teens. Any tips on best SUVs with space in rear seats?

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Fidelma O'Reilly (Dublin) - Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:44

Electric range of the BMW 330e?


Do you know what the zero emission mileage would be for a BMW 3 Series 330e M Sport four-door saloon petrol/electric automatic?

Many thanks if you can find this information

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Mark Porter (Nottingham) - Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:41

Issue with hybrid 'cats' being stolen?

Just reading an article about the ongoing theft of catalytic converters in hybrid cars. The article didn't specify the type of hybrid cars involved. Are there similar catalytic converters robbable in plug-in hybrid cars?



Filed under hybrid - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Wed, 27 May 2020 10:21

BMW 320d or 330e?

Hi lads,

I'm trying to decide between a 2016 BMW 320d or a 330e... I do about 40,000km a year, my work commute is three days local (about a 50km round trip) and two days to Dublin (350km round trip). I live in the countryside as well, so not an urban driver as such. I'd like to move away from diesel, but I'm concerned that I won't at least match my current mpg on my existing diesel Audi A5.

Any thoughts would be most welcome!

Thanks, Brian

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Brian Duignan (Kilkenny) - Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:42

Which Outlander PHEV to go for?

Hey there, I love your site, the content is great and I have been reading it for a while now. I have a question you might be able to help me with.

I am looking to buy a used Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and have two options as per below and would love your opinion on which one to go for - basically the highest spec version of the second generation model for €17.5k or the second highest spec version of the third-generation version for €19.5k...

Option 1 -  2015(1) Second Generation PHEV 5hs
- This is the top of the line spec with red leather interior, all heated seats, Alpine stereo system
- This one has 23k miles on the clock
- Price - €17,500 (with a trade-in for my banged up Opel Meriva)

Option 2 - 2015 (2) Third Generation PHEV 4hs
- This is the newer model of the PHEV
- It is high spec but not quite as many bells and whistles as the above
- This one has 30k miles on the clock
- Price - €19,500 (with the trade-in)

Thank you

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Patrick Conway (Dublin) - Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:09

A few questions about the Volvo V60 T8...


Looking at your review of the T8 Volvo V60, I have a couple of questions. It has, according to the stats, great 0-100km/h acceleration. I presume this is based on the electric and petrol motors combined. Would it not be the case that in any longish journey the battery will have been "used up" earlier or does it also recharge the battery from the engine? I'm assuming not, but I don't know.

Do you have any idea of the likely cost of a 7.5kW wall charger? Finally, can I ask, am I correct that there isn't a great deal of difference in the boot space between the V60 and V90?



Filed under hybrid - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:08

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