Hybrid cars are booming. So, what are the pros and cons of these vehicles? We take a look...
In a recent survey conducted by Admiral, it was revealed that 53% of drivers are considering a hybrid as their next vehicle – while enquiries for hybrid car insurance quotes have risen 243% in the last seven years.
The benefits of hybrid cars
On average, hybrid cars produce 90% fewer emissions than traditional models. This is because these vehicles have twin-powered engines, so they consume less fuel and emit less CO2 comparable diesel or petrol powered cars.
Consequently, hybrid cars are cleaner than gas engines and have better gas mileage, making it an environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional models.
Cheaper to run
Hybrid cars are considered to be more affordable to run than their conventionally-powered counterparts.
This is because they have an electric motor and battery, in addition to an internal combustion engine, so they use less fuel and, as a result, significant savings on fuel costs can be made. These vehicles also have lower annual tax bills due to low CO2 emissions.
Uses less energy
Hybrid vehicles are typically made up of lighter materials, meaning less energy is required to run them. The engines of hybrid cars are also lighter and smaller, which also saves a lot of energy.
Disadvantages of hybrid cars
Suited for city driving
Hybrid cars run on twin-powered engines, meaning the petrol or diesel engine is significantly smaller than a traditional internal combustion engine from a single engine powered car.
The electric motor is also low power. In fact, the combined power of the petrol or diesel engine and the electric motor is often less than a traditional engine, making the hybrid car better suited to city driving, and less ideal for those in rural areas.
Higher maintenance costs
As hybrid cars have a dual engine and advanced technology, it can be difficult for mechanics to repair these vehicles, or for hybrid car owners to even find a mechanic with the relevant expertise.
Prices therefore are higher than for traditional vehicles – however, as increasing amounts of hybrid vehicles hit the market, these costs should go down.
Higher purchasing costs
Hybrid cars are more expensive than regular petrol or diesel powered cars, which can put many people off purchasing them.
However, the higher purchasing can be counterbalanced by the lower running costs – so if you can afford the initial outlay, you’ll often be better off.
Find out more about eco driving
For more information on hybrid and electric cars, take a look at our myth-busting eco-driving hub. Or if you have your eye on a new hybrid model, use our eco-friendly car comparison tool and see which cars are right for the environment, and right for you.