Myths and truth about hybrid cars

The consumer tends to perceive most of the common myths about the product unfamiliar to him. As a result, he limits himself to being able to try something new, to evaluate objective advantages or disadvantages and make informed choices.


Modern hybrid cars are no exception to this rule. They became victims of ignorance among potential consumers and self-styled experts. But, as well as for many other achievements of civilization, there is nothing terrible in this - time will all set in its places.


The most common myths about hybrid cars


  • The first myth. Hybrid cars provide incredible fuel economy


In fact, hybrid cars are not only designed to save fuel. They are designed to reduce the amount of harmful emissions into the atmosphere, provide good dynamics and high smoothness of overclocking in any mode. In fact, the presence of two variants of the drive (from the internal combustion engine and from the electric motor) allows you to use each of them in optimal conditions, or combine them. As a result, with all the obvious advantages, a hybrid car also consumes less fuel than its monoaggregate counterpart. But some extraordinary results of thrift from the usual hybrid car should not be expected.


  • The second myth. Accumulators of a hybrid car quickly get out of order


Large manufacturers often provide a warranty on hybrid car batteries for a period of 8-10 years. At the same time, nobody guarantees the serviceability of conventional internal combustion engines during the same time. Even the body of the average regular car can be noticeably affected by corrosion ten years after its release. That is, such a resource for a modern vehicle is quite enough. Indeed, over time, batteries will lose capacity somewhat, but in a few years after the start of operation, they can be replaced either in a kit or separately. In addition, hybrid cars do not require such large, capacious and expensive batteries as classic electric cars.


  • The third myth. Hybrid cars are very expensive


Thus, vehicles with a hybrid drive are usually more expensive than traditional analogues by 20-30%. It does not make them too expensive, because often even additional options are more expensive. At the same time, this difference is usually compensated for several years of operation at the expense of less fuel consumption.


  • Fourth myth. A hybrid car needs daily charging from the power grid


Popular models with a combined drive system can be operated without recharging from the wall outlet. Required for the electric motor, the energy enters the battery during braking and from the generator. Auto-type PHEV allows you to connect to the mains for recharging batteries. This allows you to more often use an electric drive and drive more economically. But again, you can not worry about the need to recharge everyday from the outlet.


  • The fifth myth. The hybrid is technically sophisticated and expensive in repair


In fact, there is nothing extremely complicated in either the battery or the electric motor. The electric drive system is simpler and more reliable than an ordinary gasoline or diesel engine. But a greater number of details increases the likelihood of an increase in malfunctions in any mechanism, this is true. Regarding repair, it's really better to trust professionals. The electric drive system is relatively simple, but it can carry the risk of electric shock when attempting to repair or service on its own.


  • The sixth myth. In such a car it makes no sense, because all the work is performed by the main engine


As arguments in favor of this statement mention the law of conservation of energy (the first law of thermodynamics). Proponents of this theory believe that the car should use the same amount of fuel, regardless of whether it is used to drive the wheels directly or to recharge the battery of the hybrid installation. In fact, hybrid vehicles re-use the energy obtained during braking, converted into electricity and stored in accumulators. In addition, the electric motor allows you to minimize the use of the main engine in modes where its efficiency is low.


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