Hybrid vehicles have come a long way since they were first introduced in the U.S. in 1999. It doesn’t seem possible that they’ve been in the States for 21 years, but this has given automobile manufacturers time to iron out the kinks and produce an automobile that is more than competitive in the automotive market. There are several advantages to driving a hybrid car. Kirk’s Auto Care lists eight of them below.
Hybrid vehicles are greener than gas vehicles. They produce fewer carbon emissions and can help you feel better about your carbon footprint. Automobiles are a huge contributor to greenhouse gases, and driving a hybrid helps you reduce your contribution, which is a common reason why people buy one.
Hybrid vehicles don’t use as much gas as conventional vehicles do which means you save money. These vehicles are incredibly fuel-efficient and even produce power on their own to reduce fuel consumption (more on that below). You will see a significant difference in your fuel costs with a hybrid car.
This translates to less gas station stops, and wouldn’t that be nice when you’re in a hurry? Because the vehicles don’t run 100 percent on gasoline, you won’t be stopping at the gas station as much as you used to. In fact, depending on your commute, you may be surprised by how little you need to fill up.
All-electric vehicles have limited driving distances, and this has proven off-putting to many drivers. Hybrid vehicles switch to gasoline once the electrical power runs out, which means you can drive much farther. In fact, hybrids can match or even exceed some gasoline-powered vehicle driving distances.
Because of the electric portion of their engine, hybrid vehicles respond better when you accelerate. On some hybrid makes and models, the electric and gas portions of the engine will work together to increase engine torque when you step on the accelerator. These vehicles zip and zoom quickly.
You can switch between engine modes manually to better accommodate your driving conditions if you drive a hybrid car. Go electric when driving on city streets to save your gasoline. Go gas or use both engine modes when on the highway or when you’d like more power. It’s up to you.
Your hybrid engine will adapt, too. It will switch between driving modes to give you the most effective and efficient driving experience. This works well when you’re on a family outing. You don’t have to worry about driving modes. The car will always use the best one for your driving conditions.
Finally, as mentioned above, a hybrid vehicle will produce energy while you drive it. Hybrid car braking systems are designed to charge the electric motor every time you slow down and stop. Brakes produce kinetic energy naturally; hybrid braking systems push that energy into the charging system.
You’ll find Kirk’s Auto Care in Livonia, MI, and we service and repair hybrid vehicles. Call us today.