The green revolution is here, and car manufacturers are kicking their eco-friendly innovations into high gear. If you’re thinking of jumping on the bandwagon and purchasing one of these vehicles in order to lower your carbon footprint but aren’t sure what the whole hybrid vs electric thing is all about, don’t worry, we’re here to help.
A hybrid vehicle has an electric motor and battery, but also has a diesel or petrol fuel engine. It is essentially a ‘hybrid’ between an electric car and a conventional car. The most common type of hybrid is known as the parallel hybrid, which means the wheels can be powered three different ways, either solely with the electric motor, solely with the fuel engine, or both working together in conjunction. There are also range extender vehicles, which use an engine to power the electric battery, and plug-in hybrids, which move closer to the electric models of cars as you have to recharge the car’s battery from an outlet.
The biggest advantage of a hybrid car is that it is very economical when it comes to fuel consumption, and whilst they are not as eco-friendly as fully electric cars, they do emit much lower emissions than your regular fuel-run models.
Pros: Hybrid cars are brilliant for city drivers that do a lot of driving around town. They are super affordable when it comes to the stopping and starting type of driving typical of cities. Generally, you’ll spend far more time using the battery than the fuel, which will save you money.Cons: These cars are great in the city, but require charging to travel to long distances. The batteries lose their charges at high speeds and will switch to fuel. Why is this a problem? Well the batteries are pretty heavy, so the car requires more fuel to get it going. If you have to do a lot of out-of-town driving, you’ll need to factor this in.