Why Hybrids are Still King of Green

August 16th, 2018 by

Talk of fully electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and even hydrogen vehicles dominate the conversation when discussing the future of automobiles, sadly leaving hybrid vehicles by the wayside. The hybrid technology that’s now over 20 years old is often ignored by consumers looking for an eco-friendly vehicle, but their lasting value and fuel economy should be causing consumers to do a double take. Charging time, driving distance and the availability of recharging are all factors that consumers should take into account when considering a fully electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid. A considerably short daily commute is enough to deplete the miles available on one charge, essentially limiting the efficiency of these cars. This is where the hybrid technology remains a winner – without a dependency on direct electricity, the hybrid is the more feasible and reliable of all eco-friendly options.

What is a hybrid?

A car must have at least one electric motor and an internal-combustion engine in order to be considered a hybrid. It’s common for the power to come from either engine or at times both, depending on the driving circumstances. The smaller electric motor usually provides all the power for low-speed driving conditions, while the larger combustion engine augments the car’s power and assists in accelerating to higher speeds. A hybrid’s main benefit is fuel economy, which in turn then reduces the pollution output of the car as it burns less fuel. Like we mentioned before, all-electric cars are still limited by range and lack of charging infrastructure, and a hybrid car makes for a fantastic alternative. Consumers should note that by no means is a hybrid intended to be miraculous, and its ability to save fuel depends largely on the way it’s driven and the balance of internal-combustion and electric power.

The Perks of Owning a Hybrid

Fuel efficiency may be the initial attractive selling point, but consumers will be surprised to find out just how many more perks there are to owning a hybrid vehicle. It’s not hard to see why a hybrid will require less maintenance over time – with the combustion engine running only half the time, oil changes will be less frequent. Same thing goes for the brakes, which are used less often in a hybrid that uses generators to decelerate while charging its battery. Recent studies report that hybrid vehicles retain their value more than other vehicles, making hybrids a better long-term investment that can appeal to prospective buyers.

The Future

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently unveiled their five-year plan for the electrification of their lineup. Electrification plans for the lineup will have a varied electric and electric adjacent fleet as early as 2022. As technology improves, vehicles that run on combined engines (hybrids), or are all-electric, will become more and more of a presence on our roadways. Chrysler got to be ahead of the curve when they introduced the first hybrid minivan – the Pacifica Hybrid.

Intrigued by FCA’s plans for the future? Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and check out our Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid inventory so you can get a glimpse of just how well FCA mixes strength and style in their eco-friendly cars – and what to expect for the future. With so many eco-friendly vehicles coming in the next few years, there certainly won’t be a shortage of options.

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