A hybrid car uses two power trains - a petrol engine that works in tandem with a battery-powered electric motor.
A plug-in hybrid works in the same way as a conventional hybrid, but can offer even lower emissions by greater reliance upon an electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery, the power of which can be restored through an electric outlet.
Plug-ins also allow the car to run on electric power alone for longer periods.
This is something that hybrid owners don’t really need to worry about as most hybrid batteries last for the lifetime of the car!
Yes, your local authorised service centre will remove and recycle your battery safely.
Batteries on hybrid cars don't run out of charge, as they are charged by the excess energy your car generates.
Service and maintenance costs are generally the same as you'd find with a conventional vehicle. You may even find that your service costs are cheaper, as hybrid cars put less strain on their traditional engines.
No. Hybrid cars can run on full electric mode, but they require fuel to do so. Driving without fuel may cause severe damage to the system.
No, pure hybrids do not need plugging in. This is only needed with a specific plug-in vehicle.
Hybrid vehicles provide all the same safety features included with combustion cars, such as ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Circuit breakers are fitted to cut the electrical current if the system is impacted during an accident.
Vantage offers a wide selection of hybrid models from Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai and Kia.
A fuel source other than petrol or diesel. On hybrid cars, the alternative fuel source is electricity.
No, your hybrid car runs on its own source of electricity from the battery.
Quite the opposite, all hybrids are automatic and smoothly transition from petrol power to electric intuitively without driver input. This creates an enjoyable driving experience and we find many people don’t change back after driving a hybrid.
Yes - studies conclusively show that it is fine for drivers with pacemakers to drive hybrid vehicles.
Drivers of hybrid cars often enjoy discounts on toll roads. If your CO2 emissions are at or below 75g/km, then you will also benefit from a single 100 percent discount on the London Congestion Charge.