Hybrid and all-electric vehicles are becoming more popular. There are now hybrid SUVs, trucks, vans, and more. For many years, hybrids were not a go-to option when looking to buy a new car, but now they are worth considering.
At Cabot Ford Lincoln, our team can help you navigate the ins and outs of hybrid options. Whether you want to better understand their benefits or need help choosing the right hybrid model, we are here for you.
Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) are vehicles that are powered by both a combustion fuel engine (diesel or petrol) and an electric motor. The electric motor is powered by a series of rechargeable batteries. Depending on the type of hybrid, the batteries are charged through regenerative braking, external sources, or via a generator connected to the engine.
Hybrid vehicles can be divided into two main groups based on their mechanics:
Parallel Hybrid: Both the engine and the electric motor can power the wheels directly
Series Hybrid: Only the motor has a direct connection to the wheels; power from the engine connects to the motor via a generator
The most commonly known series hybrid is the plug-in. Their batteries are primarily charged through an external outlet. Plug-in hybrids have the largest, most powerful batteries of all hybrid vehicles, which allows them to drive longer distances at higher speeds without using the combustion engine.
Within the parallel hybrid group, there are three main types of hybrids:
Micro Hybrid: This is the most basic type of hybrid. The electric motor is used to turn the engine on and off when it is at a complete stop, such as at a red light. This feature is referred to as auto start/stop.
Mild Hybrid: The motor in a mild hybrid also operates the auto start/stop feature, but the batteries are more powerful, so the motor can also boost the engine.
Full Hybrid: The full hybrid has the strongest batteries in the parallel hybrid group. A full hybrid is able to drive using only the electric motor while at slower speeds and for short distances.
All hybrid types, including plug-in hybrids, use regenerative braking. When the brake pedal of a conventional car is pressed, the brake pads squeeze the brake rotors, and friction causes the vehicle to slow. Energy is released from this process as heat.
With regenerative braking, the electric motor switches to the reverse direction and causes the vehicle to slow down. The energy given off is captured and sent back to the batteries, allowing them to increase their charge. Some hybrid vehicles may also have brake pads, but these are only used if the brake pedal is pushed with force, such as when the driver slams on the brakes.
Benefits of Driving a Hybrid
When hybrid vehicles first entered the market, there was a stigma surrounding them. Many people considered hybrids to be exclusively for ultra-eco-conscious people who did not want a powerful vehicle. As electric vehicle technology advances, hybrids are becoming tougher and more widely accepted.
While hybrids do have environmentally friendly qualities, there are plenty of benefits that appeal to a wide range of people. Some of these benefits include:
More Fuel-Efficient: The more fuel-efficient a vehicle is, the more money you save. Petrol is pricey, so the less you have to fill up your car’s tank, the better off you are. Since hybrids - even micro hybrids - can reduce how much fuel is used, hybrid vehicles are more fuel-efficient than other vehicles.
Less Maintenance: Conventional cars do have batteries, but they are different than the kind in a hybrid vehicle. A hybrid’s battery is meant to last for the lifetime of the vehicle, which means it will never need replacing. Thanks to regenerative braking, a hybrid vehicle has no brake pads or ones that are rarely used. Fewer battery and brake repairs save you both time and money.
Healthier: Hybrids produce fewer emissions (particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, and greenhouse gases) than conventional vehicles because they burn less fossil fuel. This is one of the biggest reasons hybrids are considered eco-friendly. Even if you are not fully into the “green” movement, lower emissions are still healthier for you, your family, and your pets.
Choosing a Hybrid
Ford is one of the leading manufacturers of hybrid vehicles. Their lineup of electric vehicles includes:
2020 Fusion SE
2020 Fusion SEL (Plug-In)
2020 Escape Titanium
2021 Explorer Limited
2021 Mustang Mach-E (All-Electric)
If you prefer a vehicle with a more luxurious feel, then Lincoln has you covered with their lineup of hybrids:
2021 Aviator Grand Touring (Plug-In)
2020 MKZ Reserve
No matter what style of vehicle you like or what you want from it, you can find a hybrid that works for you.
Test Drive a Hybrid
The best way to decide if a hybrid is right for you is to try it out. Contact our team here at Cabot Ford Lincoln to get your hybrid test drive scheduled.