Hybrids are becoming more popular, but they can also be a bit of a mystery. If you are thinking about buying a new vehicle, understanding the benefits of hybrids and how they work will help you decide if one is right for you.
The sales team here at College Ford Lincoln can help you choose the vehicle that is right for you. We are available to answer questions, set up a test drive, and help at every step of the car-buying process.
How Hybrids Work
A hybrid is a vehicle that has both a petrol engine and one or more electric motors. Both the engine and the motors can work independently or together. Since the fuel engine is not always running, it means less fuel is used.
A regenerative braking system allows the electric motor to capture energy when the vehicle decelerates. This is usually given off as heat by the brakes on conventional vehicles.
Types of Hybrids
There are two categories of hybrids: full and mild. A full hybrid has an electric motor that can power the vehicle on its own without the combustion engine. There are several subtypes of full hybrid. They are:
Parallel: This is the most common kind. Both the engine and motor are connected with a common transmission.
Series: The electric motor does all the work. There is no connection between the fuel engine and the wheels. The fuel engine is there simply to recharge the electric motor.
Plug-In: The battery is larger than in a parallel hybrid, so it must use an external source of electricity to recharge it.
Unlike full hybrids, a mild hybrid’s motor cannot power the vehicle on its own. It is used to boost the power of the combustion engine. It also powers the start-stop system, which is used to turn the engine off and on when the vehicle comes to a stop.
While most vehicles currently fall into one of the above categories, new types of hybrids are also being engineered.
Benefits of a Hybrid
There are many benefits to purchasing a hybrid vehicle. Although the sticker price is higher than their conventional counterparts, many buyers find that the benefits outweigh the initial cost.
Less Fuel Used
When driving at lower speeds in the city or in traffic, the hybrid does not use petrol, which gives it great fuel economy.
The 2020 Ford Fusion SE is available with a petrol engine or as a hybrid. Their estimated fuel usage is:
Petrol Engine: 10.0 L/100km2 City and 7.0 L/100km2
Hybrid: 5.5 L/100km2 City and 5.6 L/100km2
Longer Brake and Battery Life
A hybrid uses regenerative braking, which means the energy from the vehicle's braking goes back into the motor, and the brake pads are rarely used, extending the life of the brake pads.
A conventional vehicle’s battery is used to trigger ignition in the engine. These batteries need to be replaced every four to five years. A hybrid has a completely different kind of battery. It is designed to last for the lifetime of the vehicle.
More Time and Money Saved
Since a hybrid uses less petrol, you will spend less time stopping to refill it. Hybrids also require less maintenance than conventional vehicles, so they will not need to be serviced as often. This saves you both time and money.
Over time, the money saved in fuel can compensate for the higher price you initially paid for the vehicle.
Higher Resale Value
Hybrids and standard engine vehicles have an almost identical rate of depreciation. If you decide to sell your hybrid, the higher price you paid will pay off by getting you more money.
Fuel combustion engines emit nasty chemicals into the air, which are bad for human health and the environment. Since most hybrid vehicles only use their engines part of the time, the amount of air pollution created is reduced.
A Hybrid for Any Lifestyle
If you are concerned that a hybrid will not be able to keep up with you, you may be surprised. As hybrid engines become more powerful, they can support larger vehicles such as SUVs. Ford’s lineup of hybrid and all-electric vehicles include:
2020 Fusion – Hybrid Sedan
2020 Escape – Hybrid Crossover
2020 Explorer – Hybrid SUV
2021 Mustang Mache-E – Full Electric SUV
Buying a Hybrid
Some people decide to purchase a hybrid because it is better for the environment than conventional vehicles. While this is a benefit, it is not the only reason to purchase one.
Hybrids are quieter than conventional cars, have a smoother ride, and let you spend your time and money on other things. No matter what is important to you, a hybrid can benefit you.
If you are on the fence about purchasing a hybrid, let our team at College Ford Lincoln know. The best way to decide if a hybrid is right for you is to give one a test drive. Use our online chat feature, send us an email, or give us a call so that we can help you decide if a hybrid is the choice for you.