The future is electric

There’s no getting around it. Hybrid vehicles are slowly but steadily becoming a necessity for every car manufacturer that wants to be taken seriously.

The UK Government has

committed to banning the sale of all new petrol or diesel cars and vans by 2040. Future emissions limits will no longer be able to be met by petrol or diesel engines alone, so some form of electrical assistance is needed. With an ever-growing number of hybrids on the market, they are increasingly becoming a mainstream alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models, and for many they’re a happy medium to a complete step into the unknown.

Hybrid cars are partly electrified vehicles that still rely on an internal combustion engine to either drive the wheels or charge the battery. Unlike a full electric vehicle, they have a petrol or diesel engine to fall

back on if your electricity supply is running low.

As such, hybrids are the stepping stones between the fossil-fuel age and the new era of electrification. Buy one if you want to reduce your CO2 emissions, save fuel, dodge congestion charges and potentially lower your tax bills.

Hybrids are nothing new as Toyota built its first Prius petrol/electric hybrid in 1997 and since then more than 10 million have been sold. An ever-increasing range of technology now provides buyers with more choice than ever, with full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and mild- hybrid models on offer. Mild hybrids allow the engine to be turned off whenever the car

is coasting, braking, or stopped, yet restart quickly - a system more commonly known as engine stop- start. Typically the cheapest way into hybrid ownership, mild hybrids offer a simpler powertrain with modest power and fuel efficiency gains. Plug-in hybrids allow you to burn even less gas by running exclusively as electric cars for a short distance. They have a greater electric range than conventional hybrids, meaning they can travel further on electric power before the combustion engine kicks in to help. Re-charging the batteries involves plugging the car in to a charging point. With a rapidly growing recharging network, there are now more than 13,000 publicly available

charging points in the UK, and the number is growing rapidly. By 2020, it’s forecast that charging points will outnumber petrol stations. New hybrids cost around 15 percent to 20 percent more than other vehicles, but the costs should be more than offset by much lower depreciation, slightly better fuel economy and much lower tax bills. Notably, the used car market is seeing monthly price increases of around one percent on hybrids, as growing demand outstrips supply. Market experts claim that hybrid cars will completely rule the automobile market in the future. Only time will tell, but as of now these cars and their many benefits, do seem to have a promising future.

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