Plug-in hybrid cars burn significantly more fuel than official tests record, according to research that suggests pollution from the vehicles could be much worse than advertised. Tests of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by Which?, the UK consumer group, found that some popular cars achieved as little as a third of the fuel economy advertised in official tests. Cars produced by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and Volvo were among 22 tested that on average burned 61% more fuel than in official tests. […] It achieved 188.3 miles per gallon in official tests, versus only 52.8 miles for Which?. […] PHEVs accounted for 58% of all rechargeable cars sold in the biggest 18 western European markets in January, according to data from Matthias Schmidt, a Berlin-based electric car analyst.
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