The Ultimate Guide to Hybrid Cars

Hybrid cars have been an extremely helpful innovation in the adaptation towards a reduction of emissions. So what makes them so good? How do they work? Are they worth it?

In this blog, we will be presenting the ultimate guide to hybrid cars

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The basics of a hybrid car

The basics of a hybrid car

Hybrid cars use a combination of traditional fuel and electricity to power itself. Here is a basic explanation of these components that facilitate this.

  • Internal combustion engine (ICE): This is the petrol or diesel engine you find in traditional cars. It runs on fossil fuels and provides the car with power, especially during highway driving or when the battery is depleted.
  • Electric motor and battery: Hybrids have an electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery pack. This allows the car to run on electric power alone, especially for short trips around town.

The benefits of a hybrid car

  • Increased fuel efficiency: Since the electric motor can take over for the less efficient petrol engine in certain situations, hybrids typically achieve much better gas mileage than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.
  • Reduced emissions: Especially in stop-and-go traffic, the electric motor can power the car without any tailpipe emissions. This helps reduce overall emissions and contributes to cleaner air.
  • Regenerative braking: Hybrids capture energy normally lost during braking and convert it back into electricity to recharge the battery. This improves efficiency and reduces wear and tear on the brakes.
  • Smoother driving experience: Electric motors provide instant torque, which can lead to a smoother and more responsive driving experience, especially when accelerating.

How are hybrids different from other cars?

There may be further differences that come as a result of the manufacturer adding their own features. But generally, hybrid cars differ to electric and petrol powered cars in the following ways:

  • Electric Cars (EVs): Rely solely on electricity and don’t have a petrol engine. They offer zero tailpipe emissions but require charging and may have limitations on driving range.
  • Petrol-Powered Cars: Use only a petrol engine and achieve lower fuel efficiency than hybrids. They offer greater range since you’re limited by the gas tank size.

Who would need a hybrid the most?

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Hybrid cars might not be a one-size-fits-all solution, but they shine for specific drivers. That being said, if you fall within any of the following categories, a hybrid vehicle may be the right choice for you.

  • City-based Drivers: Do most of your driving in stop-and-go traffic? Hybrids excel here. The electric motor takes over, maximizing fuel efficiency and minimizing emissions in those constant starts and stops.
  • Eco-Minded Drivers: Want to reduce your environmental impact? Hybrids offer a significant improvement over traditional petrol cars. While not zero-emission, they cut down on overall fuel consumption and emissions.
  • Budget-Conscious Commuters: Gas prices can sting. Hybrids offer superior fuel economy compared to petrol vehicles, saving you money at the pump in the long run. The potential fuel savings can offset the slightly higher upfront cost of a hybrid.
  • Tech-Curious Traditionalists: Intrigued by electric cars but hesitant to fully commit? Hybrids offer a taste of electric driving with the familiar comfort of a petrol engine as backup. You can experience the smooth acceleration and environmental benefits of electric power without range anxiety.
  • Fleet Managers: Looking to green your company’s image and improve fuel efficiency for your fleet? Hybrids are a practical choice. They offer lower operating costs due to better fuel economy and potentially reduced maintenance needs.

However, if you frequently take long road trips or lack access to charging stations, a hybrid might not be ideal. Additionally, those seeking the absolute best fuel efficiency and zero tailpipe emissions might find a fully electric car more suitable.

Ultimately, hybrid cars are a great option for environmentally conscious drivers who value good fuel economy, a familiar driving experience, and the flexibility of a petrol engine for longer journeys.

Will hybrid cars still be sold after 2035?

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With 2035 being the cut-off point for the ban of new petrol vehicles being sold, in an effort to promote electric vehicles, thereby reducing emissions. It is safe to assume that hybrid vehicles may also fall into this category too.

Essentially, if you already own a petrol or hybrid vehicle at this time, you can still keep and use it, it only prevents the sale of new vehicles that are not all-electric. Because hybrid cars fall between both electric and petrol based use, at the time of writing, it is uncertain how they will be factored by 2035.

The best way to stay in the know is to check the government guidance regularly. Although any update regarding hybrid vehicles in 2035 will likely become known closer to the time.

Can a hybrid car have a green number plate?

Can a hybrid car have a green number plate?

No. All-electric cars exclusively use green number plates. Although all-electric cars can also use private plates too. Hybrid vehicles would use a standard number plate, unless they opt for a private plate, or a custom number plate.

Green number plates, like regular number plates, have the potential to be legally customised to add a unique edge to your vehicle’s look. This can be achieved through the services of legally recognised professional plate modifiers.

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Visualising how your plate can look in real-time, with the characters from your actual registration plate, saves time and makes it easy for you to know what you want before you get it. Let us walk you through the process of choosing your plate through us.

  1. Head to the Bespoke Plates website
  2. Select the plate style you want under the “Build Your Plate” tab. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
  3. Enter your registration (You can press ‘preview’ to see your registration with all the modification options you have selected.)
  4. When selecting your chosen plate, you can opt for 3D/4D options, a Hex plate, and whether you want a legal plate or a show plate.
  5. Select preferred optional accessories.
  6. Decide if you are collecting with installation, or if you want it to be delivered.

Installing through Bespoke Plates ensures the best service & secure installation for your number plate, along with guidance for any questions you may have.

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