What is a Hybrid?

A hybrid car uses two power trains - a petrol engine that works in tandem with a battery-powered electric motor.

What is a Plug-in?

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.

Hybrid Engines Efficiency

How often do hybrid batteries need replacing?

This is something that hybrid owners don’t really need to worry about as most hybrid batteries last for the lifetime of the car!

Can the hybrid battery be recycled?

Yes, your local authorised service centre will remove and recycle your battery safely.

Hybrid Maintenance Cost

What happens if my battery runs out of charge?

Batteries on hybrid cars don't run out of charge, as they are charged by the excess energy your car generates.

​Is it expensive to service a hybrid?

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.

​Can a hybrid continue to run on electric power when it runs out of fuel?

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.

Do I need to plug a hybrid in?

No, pure hybrids do not need plugging in. This is only needed with a specific plug-in vehicle.

Are hybrid vehicles safe?

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.

What hybrid models are available?

Vantage offers a wide selection of hybrid models from Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai and Kia.

Plug-in Hybrids Distances

What are alternative fuels?

A fuel source other than petrol or diesel. On hybrid cars, the alternative fuel source is electricity.

Will my car be affected during a power cut?

No, your hybrid car runs on its own source of electricity from the battery.

Hybrids Are Easy to Drive

Are hybrids difficult to drive?

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.

Can I drive a hybrid with a pacemaker?

Yes - studies conclusively show that it is fine for drivers with pacemakers to drive hybrid vehicles.

How are hybrid car owners charged on toll roads here and abroad?

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.