What's it like to drive a hybrid car?
Responsive electric power
Noise reduced motoring
When driving on electric power, a hybrid is much quieter because you’re not using the petrol engine. This is especially true of plug-in hybrids because they can drive for extended distances on electric power.
Capturing energy as you drive
Hybrid cars use a process called regenerative braking to charge their batteries by capturing kinetic energy when the car is braking. In some hybrids this can be set to different strengths to control whether you coast or slow down when releasing the accelerator.
Plug-in hybrid driving
Perfect synergy of electric and petrol
Driving a plug-in hybrid
What’s the best way to drive a hybrid car?
Here’s a few habits to get into which will help you get the most out of a plug-in hybrid:
- Try to use electric power only (EV mode) when moving off from standing starts. This means you rely on the petrol engine less often and will save you money.
- Use electric power for short or low speed journeys.
- Keep your acceleration light. If you go for more determined acceleration, the internal combustion engine will kick in.
- Get into the habit of charging overnight, so it’s always fully charged by morning.