Are you concerned about the environment and looking into buying a hybrid vehicle? We’ve created a list of pros, cons, and general things you should take into consideration before making your final decision.
How does a Hybrid Vehicle Work?
There are two main types of hybrid cars – plug-in hybrids and standard hybrids. While plug-in hybrids can be charged at an electric car charging station, standard hybrids use regenerative braking and their internal combustion engine to charge the battery pack.
Hybrid vehicles are a combination of two types of engines – traditional gasoline-powered (internal combustion engine or ICEs) and electric. Hybrid vehicles have a combustion engine that runs on both gasoline and an electric motor. The electric motor has an attached rechargeable battery pack that enables electric-powered driving. While hybrid vehicles are able to use both engines at the same time as a means to increase power, they are also able to rely on just one of the two engines.
The number one appeal of a hybrid vehicle for most consumers is the fact that it’s environmentally friendly. Hybrid vehicles use 30-60% less fuel than traditional automobiles (which reduces the carbon dioxide emitted by the vehicle and results in cleaner air.)
Plug-in hybrids have the lowest fuel costs of vehicles currently on the market. Fewer trips to the pump means you save a significant amount of money over time, particularly if you’re a commuter. A hybrid vehicle’s higher gas mileage/fuel efficiency is a direct result of the car’s lighter weight and smaller gas engine.
Owning a hybrid won’t just save you money at the gas station; In Ontario, you can receive a subsidy between $3,000 and $14,000 for purchasing an electric or hybrid car.
Hybrid vehicles are also considerably quieter than traditional gas-powered vehicles, cutting down significantly on noise pollution.
Quiet vehicles have their downsides, too. You have to be hypervigilant and ensure that you’re aware of pedestrians who may not hear your vehicle approaching.
Typically, hybrid vehicles depreciate faster than gas powered cars. They also have a higher initial purchasing cost which can cause the buyer to go into sticker shock (often 20% more than vehicles with standard engines.) The reason for the higher cost is due to a combination of a hybrid vehicle’s advanced technology and long-term fuel-saving benefits.
Additionally, hybrid vehicles typically cost more to repair and maintain because of the complexity of their dual compulsion systems. Before buying a hybrid vehicle, do some research to ensure there’s a repair shop located close to your home or work that has the proper equipment to perform repairs. Also, be aware that some cars may require service to be performed directly by the manufacturer (which is often more expensive.)
Due to their high voltage, hybrid batteries also make the odds of electrocution higher in an accident. Hybrids also have less suspension and body support compared to their performance-focused counterparts.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if the pros of owning a hybrid vehicle outweigh the cons. If you feel that you need some additional guidance, we’re more than happy to help. Click here to book an appointment with us today!