Buying a Hybrid – What to Consider?

Hybrid vehicles offer a nice compromise between electric and gasoline-powered vehicles. Hybrids use significantly less fuel and produce fewer emission. They are also suitable for travelling long distances, a feature where fully electric vehicles currently struggle. So what should you consider when buying a hybrid car? Find out below.

 

Hybrids are great for city driving.

Do you drive in crowded, congested traffic a lot? If so, a hybrid could be the car for you. Hybrid vehicles excel at city driving, making them the vehicle of choice for many taxi companies. If you drive from home to work every day in peak traffic, you will notice massive reductions in fuel consumption if you purchase a hybrid vehicle. Hybrids save power in traffic by regenerating energy while braking and disabling the gasoline engine when the car is idling.
The gasoline engines in hybrids are generally smaller than the engines in traditional petrol vehicles. This allows for hybrid vehicles to reach peak efficiency at lower speeds, saving fuel.

On highways, open roads and locations that allow higher speeds, hybrids continue to save fuel but struggle to match the fuel efficiency of diesel vehicles. Your hybrid may not give you the reduced fuel consumption you expected if you drive between cities on a regular basis.

 

High initial cost.

Hybrid vehicles generally cost several thousand dollars more than their gasoline equivalents. This is due to the advanced, fuel saving technology found in these vehicles. Hybrids operate off two engines, driving up the price of manufacturing costs.

However, the money you save in fuel with allow you to recover (a fraction of) the cost. The more you drive your hybrid, the more money you will save over time.

If initial cost is an issue, we recommend that you either buy a second-hand hybrid for a fraction of the price or wait a few years. Hybrids and fully electric vehicles are increasing in popularity every year, resulting in more accessible prices for customers.

 

Environmental impact.

Hybrid vehicles offer a significant reduction in fuel emissions. However, they still have combustion-powered, petrol engines. If reducing carbon emissions is important to you, hybrids will help you reach your goal. However, they are unable to match the zero-emission guarantee that comes with a fully-electric vehicle.

 

Conclusion:

Hybrid vehicles such as Toyota’s Prius offer a significant reduction in fuel emission, saving the environment and saving you money. However, a fully electric vehicle will burn no fuel, producing no emissions at all. The advantage hybrid vehicles currently have is that they can travel further, making them the ideal choice for long journeys.