As time moves forward, hybrid vehicles are becoming more common. People tend to go for a hybrid for two main reasons: to save money on gas, and to benefit the environment. With more hybrids on the market, you are certain to find one that matches your lifestyle and needs.
The staff at Twin Hills Ford Lincoln is on your side throughout your car buying experience. Whether you have your sights set on a hybrid or are just curious about their appeal, we can answer questions and get you the information you need.
A hybrid vehicle combines a gas-powered engine, an electric motor, and a battery. There are four types of hybrid vehicles:
Mild – the petrol engine turns off when stopped and turns back on when you go accelerate
Parallel – engine and motor run alone or together (most common)
Range Extender – the engine powers a generator that powers the motor
Plug-In – they can be plugged in to charge the battery (right between a parallel hybrid and a full electric)
If you are on the fence about whether or not a hybrid is for you, here are some pros and cons to help you decide one way or another.
Pro – Fuel Efficiency
A vehicle’s fuel efficiency is how many liters of petrol it takes to go 100 kilometers; this is abbreviated as L/100km. Since a hybrid only uses petrol when driving at certain speeds, it is more fuel-efficient than a conventional engine vehicle. The Ford Fusion Hybrid SE uses 5.5 L/100km in the city and 5.6 L/100km on the highway while the standard Fusion SE uses 10 L/100km and 7 L/100km.
The benefit of high fuel efficiency is that you save money. Every time you put petrol in the tank, you lose money. The more you fill the tank, the more money you spend. With a hybrid, better fuel efficiency means less petrol used and more money in your bank account.
Pro – Less Maintenance
Hybrid vehicles require less maintenance in two areas: brakes and batteries. The brakes on a standard engine vehicle require their brakes to be changed pretty regularly. The amount and way you drive influences how fast your brakes wear out.
A hybrid vehicle rarely needs to have its brakes replaced. The secret to this is in the engine. A standard vehicle uses friction between the brake pads and the rotors, but a hybrid uses its engine.
When the driver presses the brake pedal, the hybrid’s electric motor switches to reverse, which opposes the forward direction. The vehicle comes to a gentle stop with no use of the brake pads. A hybrid vehicle does have brake pads, and they can be put to use, but only if the driver slams on the brakes.
Hybrid vehicles also have a different type of battery than conventional vehicles. The battery is built to last for the life of the hybrid vehicle itself.
The longer life of a hybrid’s brakes and battery means fewer replacements and, once again, more money in your bank account.
Pro – Better for the Environment
When fossil fuels, petrol and diesel, are burned they release some nasty things into the air, including:
Particulate Matter – which is damaging to human and animal lungs
Volatile Organic Compounds – a main contributor to smog; also damaging to lungs
Greenhouse Gases – a group of chemical compounds which hang around in the atmosphere, trapping heat
Since a hybrid vehicle only uses gas some of the time, the amount of air pollution emitted from it is significantly lower than its conventional counterparts. Even if you’re not dedicated to the environmental movement, a hybrid is at least better for the health of you and your family.
Con – The Price Tag
The initial price paid for a hybrid vehicle is heftier than a standard vehicle. If you are on a tight budget, this can be reason enough to go the other way. That Ford Fusion Hybrid SE starts at $28,789 - $2,517 more than the standard Fusion SE.
If you can get past the sticker shock, though, you can make up the difference quickly with the money you save on gas and repairs.
Con – More Expensive Maintenance
Although hybrids require less maintenance in general, some of the repairs needed can be expensive. The battery can start to fail after ten years or 193,000 km and can cost several thousand dollars to replace.
All About Perspective
Whether you are a true city-dweller or you live for an adventure down the road, you can find a hybrid that works for you.
At Twin Hills Ford Lincoln, our team is waiting to help you pick out the right hybrid. With an inventory of new and used hybrids, there is one that works for your budget and lifestyle. Go online or stop in to chat with us about hybrids today.