Were you aware that more than 2.9 hybrid vehicles were sold in 2022 alone (1)? As the market for these clever forms of transportation increases, consumers will need to be aware of how they function, their unique benefits and even a few potential drawbacks. The team at Sell My Car Essex has therefore put together this informative guide so that you can make an informed decision when considering whether an upgrade is in order.
Categories of Hybrid Cars at a Glance
The term “hybrid” actually describes a wide range of variants when discussing how a vehicle is provided with power. However, they can still be broken down into three subcategories:
- Mild hybrid vehicles
- Full hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs)
- Plug-In hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)
Mild hybrids are by far the most common, as they still rely heavily upon internal combustion to supply power to a built-in electric motor. Full hybrid vehicles are configured similar to mild hybrids and yet, the electric batteries and motors are much stronger. These supply the majority of power during operation.
Plug-in hybrids are a third (and increasingly popular) alternative. As opposed to the process of internal combustion when charging an electric battery, an external power source can be used. Some of these are able to be installed within a garage; enabling owners to charge their vehicle at home. PHEVs also tend to be the most fuel-efficient models on the market.
Benefits and Possible Drawbacks
The most notable advantage involves the environmentally friendly nature of these vehicles. This is very important when we consider the ongoing effects of climate change. Furthermore, they offer a much higher fuel economy when compared to their petrol- or diesel- powered counterparts.
However, hybrids are more expensive when compared to traditional cars (2). Complex internal technology can also make common servicing requirements an issue and the majority of consumer-based models lack the performance attributed to standard internal combustion engines.
The Way of the Future
Although some consumers are still “on the fence” in regard to hybrid vehicles, there is little doubt that these models are set to transform the entire transportation sector. Are you considering a hybrid vehicle? If so, Sell My Car Essex will be happy to provide you with an evaluation of your existing model Simply enter your registration number or contact us to obtain a hassle-free quotation today.