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Hybrid car. A lot more benefits than a cronut!
One day, a bored chef put together a croissant and a doughnut. The result? The Cronut. The planet could have done without it. #bloodsugarspike
Hybrid cars, however, are better for our planet’s health. So what are the benefits? Here’s a handy guide from the trusty car team at Budget Direct Insurance:
1) What are the benefits of driving a hybrid car?
Well, first of all, because a hybrid has two drivetrains, it means the work is shared. When you’re driving at slower speeds, a hybrid is running on the electric motor only. So this means the petrol engine is not in operation, and therefore not using any fuel.
If you spend a lot of time driving in city traffic, that is, a lot of time spent sitting in jams or at traffic lights, in a hybrid car you aren’t actually running the petrol engine most of the time. As such, the greatest benefit of driving a hybrid is, of course, fuel efficiency. Hybrids can achieve pretty impressive fuel economy if driven in the right conditions.
The other benefit, for those who are environmentally conscious, is of course the lack of emissions. Again, when the car is running on electric mode, the tailpipe emissions amounts to zero. Hybrids tend to put out less of those harmful greenhouse gases as compared to other regular engine cars.
2) I see a lot of hybrid cars around these days. Why is that so?
The benefits listed above could be part of the reasons for the hybrid’s popularity in recent times, after all, who wouldn’t want to save fuel? Some of the growth in sales can also be attributed to government policy, which has been rather encouraging of greener cars lately.
For example, in 2013, the Government in Singapore introduced the Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS), which offers rebates for cars that emit lower levels of carbon emissions. As such, hybrids have become more attractively priced. This, coupled with the aforementioned benefits, makes a more compelling package for those who are looking to save - both their wallets and our planet.
CEVS will be replaced by the Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES) in January 2018). This will take into account other types of tailpipe emissions, so expect to see even cleaner hybrids to come in the near future.
3) Nice. I want to buy one now. What are some of the more popular hybrid cars?
The one you’ll probably see a lot of (especially in Hollywood) is the Toyota Prius. Taxi companies, as well as ride-sharing firms like Uber and Grab, have bought the Prius in huge numbers. The car’s looks are, shall we say, divisive, but it is the poster child for hybrid motoring. The Prius is very much the hybrid pioneer and Toyota is still the leader in hybrid engineering technology.
There are more regular-looking hybrids too, such as the ever-popular Honda Vezel crossover, also available in hybrid form. The Koreans too are joining in the race, with both Hyundai and Kia recently launching their own hybrid cars in the form of the Ioniq and the Niro respectively. You could even get a Porsche hybrid, if you fancy saving the world while heading to the racetrack. Zoom zoom!
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