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The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Vehicles

When it comes to hybrid vehicles, like most things in life, there are pros and cons. Depending on the circumstances and situation, different aspects will likely appeal to different individuals and families. Keep reading as we break down the pros and cons associated with hybrid vehicles.

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Pros of Hybrid Vehicles

Reduced Emissions

One of the most advantageous benefits of hybrid cars is the ability to reduce emissions. The United States Environmental Protection Agency shared that even with using electricity for charging purposes, hybrid and electrical vehicles typically still have a smaller carbon footprint. Hybrid vehicles typically have better fuel efficiency and use less energy, therefore emitting fewer emissions.

Improved Fuel Efficiency

Improved fuel efficiency is another pro connected to hybrid vehicles. The size of the battery and motor will commonly play a part in fuel efficiency, but, as technological times continue to progress, electronic developments and advancements are also playing a big part. Hybrid vehicles with optimized gear shifting are likely to benefit from improved fuel efficiency. The Audi A3, Toyota Sienna 2WD, and KIA Niro Fe are all great examples of hybrid vehicles that stand out for their exceptional fuel efficiency. The 2023 Fuel Economy Guide has all of the details.

Regenerative Braking Systems

Speaking of advanced technology, hybrid vehicles have been in the spotlight and celebrated for implementing regenerative braking systems. Regenerative braking systems capture and repurpose kinetic energy, improving the vehicles' electric range and fuel economy.

Higher Resale Value

Investing in a hybrid car is a pro, and, apparently, so is selling one. When the Toyota Corolla Hybrid came out in 2020, Kelley Blue Book shared that after five years of ownership, the estimated resale value would impressively land at about 40% of the sticker price.

Cons of Hybrid Vehicles

There are an overwhelming number of pros associated with hybrid vehicles, but, unfortunately, there are some cons as well. For starters, the costs upfront typically cost much more. Not to mention, it can be incredibly expensive to replace the battery. Customers sometimes find themselves spending thousands and thousands of dollars to replace a battery on a hybrid vehicle. On top of that, these batteries have been known to have potential issues.

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Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

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