Hybrid vehicle sales are at a record high, showing that this technology isn’t going away. Although they got off to a slow start, with only the Toyota Prius really proving a viable contender to traditional fuel, the market has accelerated in the past few years, with more and more manufacturers offering this type of powertrain. If you’re considering switching to a cleaner car, here’s what you need to know about hybrid, and why it’s taken off so dramatically.
The obvious benefit of driving a hybrid is its reduced impact on the environment. Hybrid models run on a combination of petrol and electric power, meaning they emit less CO2 and are therefore better for our planet. The Audi A3 e-tron, for example, emits just 37g/km of CO2. Two options are available: plug-in hybrid and self-charging, so you can choose which works best for you.
Another huge advantage of hybrid cars is that they cost less to run. Many can be powered by the electric motor alone on short journeys (typically under 40 miles), meaning no fuel is used at all. With the motor supplying additional power to complement the petrol engine too, you can squeeze in extra miles to the gallon, meaning fuel stops are fewer and further between.
In addition, vehicles registered before 1 April 2017 benefit from the previous tax regulations, meaning those emitting less than 100g/km of CO2 are exempt from VED.
One of cons of choosing a hybrid vehicle used to be that performance was often compromised in the pursuit of economy. Now, however, technology and engineering have moved on, meaning that hybrids can rival traditionally fuelled cars when it comes to power and torque. With 0-62mph times as impressive as 7.6 seconds (Volkswagen Golf GTE 1.4 TSI PHEV), there’s little to suggest hybrids are anything less than dynamic and exciting to drive.
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