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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?



Philip Donegan (Ballina)

May 2020 Filed under: hybrid

Expert answer

Hi Philip,

It’s not just a problem for hybrids; all cars have catalytic convertors and the problem is that they use hugely valuable precious metals — principally rhodium and palladium — to achieve the chemical reactions that reduce the levels of pollution coming from the engine. Hybrid cars tend to have more of those metals in the cat, and they tend to be less corroded and worn, because a hybrid car, on average, runs its engine for shorter periods than a conventional car. Hence the targeting of hybrids. The best advice from the Gardaí to prevent such theft is to park in a busy, well-lit area if you can. There are also devices — known as cat-locks — which might offer some protection.

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor

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