Pros And Cons Of Hybrid Cars

In this guide, we’ve put together a list of some of the pros and cons of hybrid cars.

It could be useful in helping to compare hybrid cars against traditional gasoline cars and other types of vehicles, like electric cars or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

 

Summary – Pros & Cons Of Hybrid Cars

Pros

There’s several types of hybrids available – plug in, and non plug in

Can be cheaper to run and more fuel efficient compared to other types of vehicles

Technology is progressing steadily and improving

Reporting system is intuitive

Prices are getting more competitive

Easy to re-fuel

Standard hybrids are quick to re-fuel

There’s many gas stations available for pure hybrids

There’s quick charge technology available

There can be tax benefits for hybrids

Have better range than electric cars

Can be better for the environment in some ways

Re-sale value of a hybrid is generally OK

Can keep the motor warmer longer

 

Cons

Expensive upfront costs

Plug in hybrids are slow to charge

Number of quick re-charge stations are limited

Still produce pollution and greenhouse gases

Rely on finite fossil fuels

Number of hybrid models available are limited

Different cars can take different charging plugs

Can be less fuel efficient on highways

Hybrids are currently made more for efficiency, not performance

Different hybrids have different technology

Battery replacements and electric based repairs and maintenance can be costly

You may have to get an emissions test on the car

Hybrids won’t solve some existing road problems

 

*Note – these are very general pros and cons of hybrid cars.

Each brand and model of hybrid vehicle is obviously going to offer it’s own pros and cons, and each driver is going to have different requirements.

There will continue to be different variables as technology changes and society changes.

Different countries and cities also have different energy mixes, and policies and regulations in places which may change the pros and cons of hybrid cars in different places.

So, pros and cons can be vehicle, driver and location specific.

 

What Are Hybrid Vehicles

You can read a guide about the different types of hybrid vehicles here

What you’ll see is that there are two main types of hybrids:

– Standard Hybrids

Run off of conventional gasoline, and supplement that with some electric energy captured from the heat when you brake

 

– Plug In Hybrids

May run off of primarily conventional gasoline or electricity.

Can capture electric energy from the brakes, but can also be plugged into an external electrical point to charge the battery as well

 

Pros Of Hybrid Cars

Several Types Of Hybrids Available

Plug in, and non plug in

 

Can Be Cheaper To Run & More Fuel Efficient

Compared to conventional gasoline only cars which aren’t as fuel efficient or have as good fuel economy.

Electricity in particular with plug ins tends to be cheaper per mile than gasoline.

Hybrids make use of a dual petrol and electric motor set up

 

Technology Is Progressing Steadily & Improving

Hybrid technology is having more money and investment put into it’s development over time.

This improves range of driving, efficiency, durability, prices, availability, range of models and more.

 

Reporting System Is Intuitive

Some hybrids have an easy to read reporting system for things like fuel efficiency in the dash.

This makes is easy for new owners to see how their car is performing.

 

Prices Are Getting More Competitive

As technology and development progresses, prices will come down over time.

 

Easy To Re-Fuel

The pure hybrid models are easy to re-fuel.

The plug in models are easy to charge at home

 

Standard Hybrids Are Quick To Re-Fuel

The pure hybrids are quick to refuel at a gas station

 

There’s Many Gas Stations Available For Pure Hybrids

So, they are easily accessible compared if there were less stations

 

There’s Quick Charge Technology Available

Via direct current quick chargers.

These chargers can add about 50 miles to the range of any electric vehicle in under 30 minutes.

 

There Can Be Tax Benefits For Hybrids

Via concessions and tax credits of between $2500 to $7500.

Check your area’s tax guidelines though and check with a tax professional about this.

 

Have Better Range Than All Electric Cars

Compared to electric battery cars, hybrid cars can drive a longer range using gasoline and the internal combustion engine

 

Better For The Environment

Compared to petrol or diesel only cars, and mainly due to the increased fuel efficiency.

But, they still do produce pollution and greenhouse gases.

A hybrid cuts emissions by 25% to 35% over even the most fuel efficient gas powered models.

 

Re-Sale Value Of A Hybrid Is Generally OK

As technology progresses, some outdated models can have poor re-sale value, but some keep their value well in the market right now

 

Can Keep The Motor Warmer Longer

Some hybrids keep the motor warmer longer once you stop the car than a conventional petrol car where the motor can go cold within a few hours.

This can lead to there being less wear and tear on the motor long term

 

Cons Of Hybrid Cars

Expensive Upfront Costs

Hybrids tend to be more expensive than conventional cars

 

Plug In Hybrids Are Slow To Charge

The electricity in a plug in hybrid takes hours to re-charge compared to gasoline which takes minutes

 

Number Of Quick Re-Charge Stations Are Limited

Quick recharge stations for plug in hybrids is limited at this point

 

Still Emits Pollution & Greenhouse Gases

Any car using gasoline or conventional fuel in addition to electricity still emits pollution and greenhouse gases.

 

Rely On Finite Fossil Fuels

Any car using gasoline or conventional fuel still relies on a finite supply of fossil fuel like oil

 

Number Of Hybrid Models Available Are Limited

Don’t have as wide of a selection of models and brands as conventional cars

 

Different Cars Can Take Different Charging Plugs

Every plug in hybrid vehicle comes with a charging mechanism to allow its owner to refill its “tank” when the battery is running low.

There can sometimes be issues with matching a plug to an outlet.

 

Can Be Less Fuel Efficient On Highways

Compared to some conventional cars.

This is because there is no breaking, starting and stopping – which is where hybrids can excel.

It does depend on the hybrid model itself though

 

Hybrids Are Made More For Efficiency, Not Performance

Compared to say sport model petrol cars, you generally get far less performance features and power output.

They are more a inner city and urban car at this stage than a long range driving or performance car.

They are also probably not the best family cars right now.

 

Different Hybrids Have Different Technology

Not all hybrids have the same technology with how they integrate with electricity.

Check what technology your hybrid has before buying.

 

Battery Replacements & Electric Based Repairs & Maintenance Can Be Costly

Compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle.

You may also have to send the car to the dealer for this as a regular mechanic may not be able to, or be licensed to fix these issues.

 

You May Have To Get An Emissions Test On The Car To Confirm Eco Rating

Some hybrids aren’t as eco friendly with emissions as they might claim.

Getting an independent emissions test done on this can help.

 

A Country Or State’s Energy Mix Can Be A Variable In Emissions

For plug in hybrids specifically.

If coal is the main energy source used to generate electricity, then the car won’t be as eco friendly

 

Hybrids Won’t Solve Some Existing Road Problems

Unlikely to solve urban mobility and infrastructure-related problems such as traffic congestion.

Redesigning cities, encouraging biking, and encouraging more walking may be required to solve urban and CBD mobility and infrastructure and road issues.

 

Potential Future Of Hybrid Cars

Hybrid technology is developing as more hybrid cars are bought and companies invest in them more heavily

Right now, hybrids are more for efficient inner city and urban driving than long range and sports performance based driving

In general, hybrids might provide a more fuel efficient and more eco friendly option to petrol or diesel only cars – they produce less pollution and greenhouse gases overall usually

Right now, some hybrids may even be more eco friendly that some electric cars – especially the small to medium size hybrids

Electric vehicles (with only batteries and electric motors) and possibly hydrogen fuel cell vehicles might be more eco friendly in the long term though as electricity grids get cleaner

Hybrids could be  good vehicle to help transition to those vehicle types (until EV technology advances, and until energy mixes become more clean worldwide)

 

Comparison Of Hybrid Vehicles vs Other Types Of Vehicles

Read more in this guide about hybrid vehicles vs other types of vehicles like electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars.

 

Sources

1. https://vittana.org/15-hybrid-cars-pros-and-cons

2. https://greengarageblog.org/12-central-pros-and-cons-of-hybrid-cars

3. https://phys.org/news/2006-01-hybrid-cars-pros-cons.html

4. http://www.t3atlanta.com/blog/car-tips/the-pros-and-cons-of-hybrid-cars/

5. https://www.bettermeetsreality.com/the-different-types-of-hybrid-vehicles-hevs-phevs/

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