The 5 main benefits of driving a hybrid car
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Thinking about making the switch?
Particularly in the past few years, there has been a phenomenal increase in demand for hybrid cars. Not only do they help keep carbon emissions down, but they end up saving you a hell of a lot of money in the long run.
So, hybrid drivers aren't just eco-friendly people. They're rich eco-friendly people.
Think of all those savings...
If that isn't enough to convince you, there is a long list of other benefits of driving a hybrid car. After the release of the new 2019 range of self-charging Toyota hybrids, we got to thinking why you should consider getting one for yourself.
Better fuel efficiency
For the vast majority of us in Ireland, most of our driving is done on town roads at relatively low speeds. Here is where you make the big savings with hybrids.
Particularly at low speeds, hybrids can be up to 30% more fuel efficient and are in electric mode (zero emissions, and zero petrol usage) for up to 53% of the time. Rather than guzzling up fuel like a regular petrol or diesel engine, the electric motor will kick in and save you from filling up the tank before every trip.
Brake the bank
When you drive a hybrid with regenerative braking, you nearly go looking for red lights on the road. Every time you push your foot down, that energy is extracted and converted into kinetic energy to juice up your battery.
This also has the added benefit of helping to extend your brakes' lifespan.
In 2018, Toyota announced it would phase out diesel engines from its passenger cars. All signs are pointing to electric cars being the future, but hybrids are the more practical option for many of us.
You get many of the same benefits of going fully electric, but it doesn't change your routine half as much. You still only need to visit your local petrol station, you'll just be a good bit less reliant on it.
Saving the environment is great and all, but it's even better when that results in you saving more money. An increasing number of countries are phasing out traditional engines, so chances are that hybrids and electric motors will be the future.
Staying ahead of the curve and investing in a hybrid car now can help bring your road tax down, depending on what model car you go for.
Less maintenance cost
There is no feeling better than when you finally get to buy a new car, but having to spend a lot of time and money keeping it up to scratch can be a nightmare.
On average, hybrid cars can bring down maintenance costs by up to 30%.
This year has seen the launch of four brand new dynamic, game-changing Toyota self-charging hybrid models including new generation version of the Corolla Hatchback, Touring Sports and Saloon, RAV4 and the return of the world’s best-selling saloon car, the Camry hybrid, after a 14-year absence. 2019 has also seen the introduction of the world's first Corolla hybrid saloon (below).
For more information Toyota's new range of self-charging hybrid electric vehicles for 2019, please see toyota.ie.
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