How to save fuel on a hybrid car?

There are simple and obvious rules that can greatly reduce the average fuel consumption of a hybrid car. This will help maximize the discovery and use of the potential of vehicles with a combined power / drive system.


  • Run a run


Despite the dramatic increase in the performance of modern cars, they still need to run. In fact, manufacturers often do not even remind buyers of such a necessity, but the best indicators of economy and acceleration dynamics can only be achieved in a few months of operation or several thousand kilometers of mileage. This means that the cleaning of parts takes place, and therefore, it must be performed in moderate conditions, in order to avoid possible damage to the engine.


  • Choose the best speed mode


For each car, these figures are individual, but on average, the most economical is the movement at a speed of 60-70 km / h. When choosing the optimal interval, take into account the speed at which the vehicle can travel only on the electric motor, and also whether it can move on the highest transmission, if at that moment the internal combustion engine is used. The correct mode will help the on-board computer, which today is equipped with almost every hybrid.


  • Avoid intense accelerations


No matter how efficient an electric motor of a hybrid vehicle, even at low turns, with intensive acceleration, he must do more work, and therefore use more energy. That is, if you truly want to achieve maximum profitability - try to avoid intense acceleration.


  • Learn to brake properly


Recovery of energy during braking is a huge advantage of hybrid cars that you need to use as efficiently as possible. To do this, minimize the use of traditional mechanical brakes, which is regulated by electronics. At the time of the most effective "brake charging" of batteries will indicate the same on-board computer. As a rule, it is necessary to avoid over-pressing the brake pedal for effective recharging, when the electromagnetic force generated by the engine in generator mode will not be sufficient for effective stopping of the car.


  • Select the best routes


Lack of congestion, traffic lights and intersections allow you to move at a constant moderate speed, to avoid frequent and intense acceleration. Hence the noticeable saving of fuel, as well as the possibility to increase the maximum mileage exclusively on the electric motor, if the vehicle has such a mode.


  • Use cruise control


When driving on the highway, it's optimal to travel at speeds of 80-90 km / h and with cruise control enabled. In this way, the need for acceleration and braking can be minimized. The specified speed range is not the most economical, but is considered optimal for the city. It allows you to move relatively fast on small and medium distances, and also avoid significant increase in aerodynamic resistance, which drastically degrades the fuel economy of the car.


  • Warm up the engine in winter


Let your car warm up for at least a short time in the cold period. Sometimes it increases the average fuel consumption somewhat, and sometimes reduces it: the engine works more efficiently in optimal temperature conditions, and the battery loses its capacity at low temperatures, which reduces the autonomous mileage of the electric traction. In addition, short-term warming reduces the wear of engine parts.


  • Check the pressure in the wheels


According to statistics, in some countries up to 30% of drivers regularly ride on drowned wheels. This worsens accelerating dynamics and controllability, as well as increases the consumption of gasoline, diesel fuel or electricity.


  • Beware with "tuning"


Any spoilers, flywheels, or exterior window covers may worsen the aerodynamic qualities of the vehicle and adversely affect fuel efficiency.


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