Modern technology keeps improving our everyday life. Do you remember when we used to dial up in order to access to the internet? Our chunky Nokia phone is now being replaced by thin and sleek looking smartphones. Also, do you remember our dad used to start up the car every morning in order to warm up the car engine before driving and the noise was almost unbearable?
Fast forward to today car technology, one can simply unlock their car with the key fob being kept in the purse, and start up the car is just one button away. Hybrid car is no longer a new term in the automotive industry. Hybrid cars adapt two or more distinct power, such as internal combustion engine plus electric motor to drive the car forward. Hybrid cars utilize the electric mechanism to collect and reuse energy that normally goes to waste in standard cars.
With more and more car makers trying to normalize the technology, the public are more accustomed to Hybrid cars. In this article, MyCarsearch is going to tell you FIVE reasons why now it is the best time to buy a Hybrid cars.
1. Fuel efficient
Hybrid vehicles come with regenerative braking, it recaptures energy normally lost during low speed coasting or braking, the power recharges the onboard battery as the vehicle is slowing down or stopping. The recharged power in turn drive the vehicle's electric traction motor and move the car.
The electric motor provides power to assist the engine in accelerating, passing, or hill climbing and this allows a smaller and more efficient engine to be used. In some hybrids, the electric motor propels the vehicle at low speed without the need of gasoline.
Some hybrid cars will automatically shut off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and restart it when the accelerator is pressed. This reduces wasted energy from idling.
2. Affordable price tag
The Hybrid technology is no longer a farfetched dream. Since Honda Malaysia launched its first Hybrid car, the Jazz Hybrid back in 2014, Honda predicted the Hybrid technology will be well-accepted in Malaysia. In 2017, Honda continues the effort and launches 2 brand new City Hybrid and Jazz Hybrid. Most importantly, the price tag for both cars are less than RM90,000 which makes everyone can own one today. Both Hybrid cars are locally assembled in Melaka and come with five-year unlimited mileage warranty with 10,000km service interval as well as eight years warranty for the on board lithium-ion battery.
3. EEV incentives
Since the announcement of Malaysia’s New Automotive Policy (NAP) 2014, the policy aims to make Malaysia as an Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV) production hub for the region, liberalizing the local car market to create more competitive and sustainable cars. Even though the policy has put an end for Hybrid excise and import duties exemptions, various Hybird cars are still entitled for EEV incentives once these vehicles have met a defined specifications in terms of carbon emission level fuel consumption.
The policy has encouraged Honda to invest RM1 billion in its plant in Malacca to double the production of Hybrid cars. It has also created a phenomenon of high market acceptance of hybrid cars whereby more premium brands have launched their plug-in hybrid and hybrid in order to seize the market opportunity.
4. Well equipped
Hybrid cars are known to be fuel efficient, but that’s not it, Hybrid cars also come with plenty of advanced features. The all new Hyundai Ioniq is the first car to be offered as either hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle (EV) as option. The Hybrid model is now hot selling in Malaysia for a price tag around RM100,000.
The Ioniq Hybrid is being equipped with 1.6 litre Kappa GDI four cylinder engine with six-speed dry dual clutch automatic transmission, produces 105 PS at 5,600 rpm and 147 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 1.56 kWh lithium ion battery will work its magic by providing additional 44 PS and 170 Nm when needed. Beyond those figures, the Ioniq is actually pretty good to drive, with the gearbox being particularly impressive. The standard model is already equipped with seven airbags, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. The Ioniq also being awarded for ‘Best In Class Cars of 2016” with Euro NCAP five star safety ratings.
5. Less but more
Hybrid cars usually being equipped with smaller and more efficient engine than conventional fuel powered cars. This is because hybrid cars tend to be powered on electricity on most of the time especially in city driving, and the electric power kicks in at the right time when the drivers needed it. So you get to pay less for fuel and road tax. In return, you will enjoy fun driving experience with less harm to the environment. Since Hybrids are effectively electric car for some of the time, the gentle press on the accelerator will significantly reduce the greenhouse emissions.
Is Hybrid car suitable for you? All the above reasons dive down to 2 major questions, do you often encounter with city drive or open highwaydrive? If you are living in congested city, hybrid car will definitely be your prime choice. One will find that there is noticeably fuel saving when driving in stop and go city traffic at slower average speeds. However, if you often drive on an open highways at high speed, you will not see much benefit to drive a hybrid car. Alternatively, you can refer to MyCarsearch fuel saving tips on how to spend less for more mileage.