What cars are hybrids?
What are hybrid cars, how do they work and would one suit you? Find out everything you need to know in our useful guide from Car Finance Blog.
What is a hybrid car?
Hybrid: a thing made by combining two different elements.
A car with a petrol engine and an electric motor, each of which can propel it. A hybrid car is one that uses more than one means of propulsion – that means combining a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor. Unfortunately there are no hybrid cars in the top 10 fastest cars in the world.
The main advantages of a hybrid are that it should consume less fuel and emit less CO2 than a comparable conventional petrol or diesel-engined vehicle.
Since the first hybrid car sold in the UK – the Toyota Prius, shocking everyone the range of economical, eco-friendly options available to buyers has grown massively, everyone was amazed with different types of hybrid cars for sale alongside highly efficient diesels, plug-in hybrids – sometimes referred to as PHEVs – and electric vehicles too.
In some hybrid systems the electrical energy may be generated onboard – for example by the internal combustion engine itself, and/or from regenerative braking – however, in other hybrids you charge the batteries overnight via a cable.
Benefits of hybrid cars
- Environmentally Friendly: One of the biggest advantage of hybrid car over gasoline powered car is that it runs cleaner and has better gas mileage which makes it environmentally friendly.
- Financial Benefits: Hybrid cars are supported by many credits and incentives that help to make them affordable.
- Less Dependance on Fossil Fuels: A Hybrid car is much cleaner and less fuel is required to run which means less emissions and less dependent on fossil fuels.
- Regenerative Braking System: Every time you apply the break on a hybrid it allows the car to recharge a bit.
- Built From Light Materials: Hybrid car are made with lighter materials which means less energy is required to run.
- Higher Resale Value: With the price of gasoline continuing to rise, more and more people are converting to hybrid cars.
Examples of Hybrid cars
BMW i3 Range Extender
Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine
Volkswagen Golf GTE
MINI Countryman S E PHEV