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Hybrid and Electric cars have been on the market for the last few years and have been called the future of the automobile industry. This is reflected in the growing global demand for these types of vehicles. Whether you are a current hybrid or electric car owner, or a want to own one in the future, it is important to note that hybrid and electric cars are considerably different from traditional petrol or diesel-powered vehicles, and require different care. That’s why we pulled 5 tips together that you should know, as the owner of a hybrid or electric car.
1. Use the Economy Mode – Economy mode is now a common feature available in gasoline, hybrid and electric vehicles. When initiated, it limits the cars performance, such as acceleration and response time, and this in turn reduces your fuel consumption. If you own a hybrid or electric car, make use of Economy Mode to have even greater fuel efficiency.
2. Brake gently – Hybrid and Electric vehicles are outfitted with a regenerative braking system – a feature that allows the electric battery to charge and store energy derived when you brake.
When you brake gently, the regenerative braking system uses the gradual slowing down of the vehicle to convert and store energy.
When you hard brake however, the friction brakes of the vehicle are used instead, and while these allow for a sudden and complete stop, they do not recover energy for storage.
3. Keep your battery charged – Electric cars have plug-in systems to charge their batteries. Hybrid car batteries are charged in two ways:
• Through regenerative braking
• By the engine itself.
When you drive your hybrid vehicle over a particular speed, it switches power source from the battery to gasoline. When that happens, the hybrid battery is charged by the engine.
Although drivers may enjoy using the battery as their source of power to save on fuel, this can result in the hybrid battery becoming completely depleted. To avoid this, drive at sufficient speeds periodically to keep the battery charged.
4. Carry less weight – As is the case with regular gasoline or diesel vehicles, hybrid vehicles burn more fuel when carrying more weight. In terms of electric vehicles, heavier weights may result in faster depletion of the electric battery, requiring recharges more often, or even leading to the car running out of energy and shutting down.
Leave items you don’t need behind. The lighter your vehicle, the better fuel economy you will have.
5. Get regular maintenance! – Maintenance is integral in keeping any vehicle functional, and that goes for hybrid and electric vehicles as well. This can be done based on kilometers driven or length of time that has passed.
A general rule of thumb is to take in vehicles for maintenance every 8,000kms or 6 months.
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