When hybrid vehicles first emerged in the car market, they were limited in styles and variety. Nowadays, cars, SUVs, trucks, and more are available as hybrids. If you are looking to purchase a new vehicle, there are many benefits that make considering a hybrid worth it.
Humber Motors is proud to help the greater Corner Brook area find a vehicle they love. Our team can help you understand more about hybrids and help you decide if one is right for you.
Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) are vehicles that combine a combustion engine with an electric motor. The combustion engine is fueled with either petrol or diesel. The electric motor gets its power from a unique battery.
A hybrid battery is not the same as a conventional car battery or any other type of battery. A hybrid’s battery is actually a battery pack made up of multiple cells; the more cells it has, the more powerful it is.
The term “hybrid” is used to refer to any vehicle that has an engine and electric motor. Within the hybrid category, there are two main types of hybrid:
Parallel: the engine and motor both send power directly to the wheels
Series: only the motor sends power to the wheels
Plug-in hybrids are the most common hybrid of the series type. There are multiple kinds of parallel hybrid, and each kind has a different ratio of engine and motor power.
Micro Hybrid: Most vehicles that are micro hybrids are advertised as having auto stop/start. The battery pack in a micro hybrid is small, so its function is to turn the engine off when the vehicle comes to a stop and turn it back on as soon as the acceleration pedal is pressed. The battery does not contribute to driving.
Mild Hybrid: The battery in a mild hybrid is a little larger than a micro. The extra power is used to boost the power generated in the engine. The vehicle cannot drive on battery power alone.
Full Hybrid: The strongest of the parallel hybrids, the battery in a full hybrid is able to power a vehicle without using the engine. A full hybrid drives on battery-only power when going at slower speeds, such as on residential streets.
A hybrid battery is rechargeable, which means it does not need to be replaced the same way a conventional car battery does. Hybrid batteries recharge using regenerative braking.
When the brake pedal is pressed, the motor switches directions, which slows the vehicle. The energy released is captured and sent to the battery. Plug-in hybrids use regenerative charging but also use external power sources to charge their batteries.
Why Drive a Hybrid?
One of the biggest perks of driving a hybrid is that it saves money on petrol. The term “fuel efficiency” refers to how far a vehicle can travel on a tank of gas. The more kilometers it can go, the more fuel-efficient it is.
Since hybrid vehicles use battery power, the amount of fuel the vehicle uses is reduced. Hybrid vehicles get far greater fuel efficiency than conventional vehicles. Since you spend money every time you fill up the fuel tank, a hybrid vehicle saves you money and time by needing fewer refills.
When petrol or diesel is burned, by-products are released. These by-products are known as emissions and include:
Volatile Organic Compounds
The more fuel a vehicle uses, the more emissions it emits. A hybrid uses far less fuel than conventional vehicles, so it emits much lower levels of these by-products. Car emissions have a negative impact on water and air quality and can cause health problems in humans and animals.
By having lower emissions than other vehicles, hybrids are considered eco-friendly. This is the main selling point for some people, but even if it is not the most important factor to you, hybrids are still a healthier vehicle choice for your family and pets.
Hybrids save you even more money by needing less maintenance. Conventional car batteries and brakes need to be replaced regularly. A hybrid’s specialized battery and brake system are meant to last the life of the vehicle, saving you a lot of money over time.
Ford has been releasing hybrid versions of some of its best-selling vehicles. Ford’s lineup of hybrids includes:
2020 Fusion SE
2020 Fusion SEL (Plug-In)
2020 Escape Titanium
2021 Explorer Limited
As technology advances and hybrids become more durable and powerful, more hybrid models will be available.
Try Out a Hybrid
Choosing a hybrid over a conventional vehicle is better for your health, the planet, and your wallet. If you are still unsure whether a hybrid is right for you, then try one out. Contact our team at Humber Motors today to schedule a hybrid test drive.