Thinking about your next car? Heard a lot of talk about Hybrid but don't actually know what it means?

There are various different types of hybrid car & it can be extremely confusing if it's something you've never looked into before. Well never fear, we're here to help, so grab a coffee and let us explain what a self-charging hybrid actually is and what benefits it could bring when it comes to your next car.

What is a Self-Charging Hybrid?

With a self-charging hybrid there’s no need to worry about charging or plugging in. Self-Charging Hybrids are powered by a conventional petrol or diesel engine which works alongside a battery-powered electric motor. The electric motor supports the engine and is charged through regenerative braking - an energy recovery mechanism which uses kinetic energy lost during deceleration to charge the vehicle’s battery.

This energy is re-used to assist in restarting the petrol engine, with acceleration and to power some of the electrical features on the car.

By using the stored energy, you’ll save on fuel costs AND you'll be doing your bit for the environment by reducing your emissions which will also result in reduced road tax costs.

How do I drive a Self-Charging Hybrid?

With a Self-Charging Hybrid you can drive it just like you would any other conventional petrol or diesel car. You'll refuel them at any normal petrol station and they require the same level of care and maintenance as any ordinary car.

You may notice a light which appears on the driver's display whilst driving - this is simply to identify that power is going from the battery to the engine.

As the hybrid system assists the engine at different times during a journey, you will notice a reduction in engine noise which will result in a smoother, quieter and more efficient drive.

Reasons to buy a Self-Charging Hybrid

  • Reduced Fuel Costs

    Hybrid vehicles, on average, use up to 30% less fuel per mile than conventional fuel-powered vehicles. This means you save more on your fuel costs!

  • Fewer Emissions

    The average petrol or diesel car is estimated to emit 40 tonnes of CO2 from fuel during its lifetime. A Hybrid would typically emit a much reduced 33 tonnes.

  • More Miles

    A petrol car will return around 41 miles per gallon with a diesel car averaging around 46. A Hybrid however would come in at around 53 miles per gallon!

  • Re Sale Value

    As well as costing less to run, hybrid cars hold their value well meaning a better price for you when selling or part-exchanging in the future

Take a look as Matthew from our sales team shows us around the Suzuki Vitara SZ4 self-charging hybrid

Hybrids - The Cons

Like everything there are always some negatives to consider. Having additional technology and a battery obviously brings massive benefits but it could mean the possibility of additional items to go wrong. From our experience however this is rare and despite having two powertrains (engine + battery), it doesn’t mean they’re twice as likely to breakdown in fact there’s actually less wear and tear on the engine.

At higher speeds, and with motorway driving, a Self-Charging Hybrid will have less opportunity to regenerate power so will be more reliant on the engine which for longer periods could outweigh some of the economical benefits but other than that there's really no difference to a traditional petrol or diesel car.

Hybrid 'vs' Electric

There is still very mixed opinion about electric cars and it's understandable that people are apprehensive after only ever having driven traditional petrol and diesel cars. Hybrids we feel offer the ideal solution especially whilst there is still a lack of charging points and infrastructure throughout the UK to support electric cars.

As we've already shown, hybrids offer reduced fuel costs, are better for the environment and relieve any worry of where and when you will next need to charge.

Interested In Hybrid Cars?

Take a look at just a few of our current choices...

Take a look at our full range of Hybrid cars

We've got a fantastic selection of hybrid cars. Follow the link below, have a browse and if you'd like to arrange a test drive, or have any questions, simply contact your local Colin Appleyard dealership & a member of our team will be only too happy to help
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