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Ford Kuga Plug-in Hybrid drivers covering half of mileage on electric power

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Ford Kuga Plug-in Hybrid drivers are making the most of their cars’ 35 miles of electric-only driving range, new data shows.

Kuga Plug-In Hybrid drivers across Europe have so far this year covered 49% of their mileage using battery power alone

In fact, Kuga Plug-In Hybrid drivers across Europe have so far this year covered 49% of their mileage using battery power alone.

The anonymised real-world data collected by Ford also reveals further PHEV insights, including that more than two-thirds of drivers’ journeys could be carried out in EV-only model. The average daily driving distance was 32 miles.

It also reveals that drivers are confident when it comes to using battery technology and are routinely able to access charging points. For every 100 drive days in a Kuga Plug-In Hybrid there were 89 charging events.

Customers are also taking advantage of overnight charging and cheaper night-time domestic electricity rates to reduce their motoring costs. In total, 45% of all charging events took place overnight.

The data indicates that previous fleet industry concerns over driver misuse of PHEVs can start being laid to rest, and has been published as Ford reports that UK sales of the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid electric vehicle have more than trebled in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year. The Kuga was also the best‑selling PHEV in Europe for the first half of 2021.

In February this year, Ford announced that by mid-2026, 100% of its passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or PHEV. And the line-up will go all-electric by 2030.

“We firmly believe that our customers buy hybrid vehicles to benefit from the advantages of driving on electric power, and this data shows that Kuga Plug-In Hybrid customers are keen to use their cars in EV mode as much as possible,” said Roelant de Waard, general manager, passenger vehicles, Ford of Europe. “We are committed to an electrified future for Ford, and the fact that Kuga is the best-selling PHEV shows that our customers want to join us on this exciting journey.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.