Mantra Learning News

03 Mar 20

Are Hybrids as green as they say?

Hybrid switch between battery electric power and an internal combustion engine and manufacturers claim they will deliver significant emissions and fuel economy improvements over traditional cars. However, hybrid vehicles are proving to not be all as environmentally friendly as originally thought.

Many hybrids are struggling to run off their batteries during the colder months of the year and drivers hoping their new plug-in hybrid car will help cut down their carbon footprint may be dissappointed. It has also been reported that some models switch to petrol power when the windscreen de-mister or cabin heating is switched on. It turns out that hybrid cars that are not using their electric ability can emit up to three times the amount of CO2 of a normal car. These emissions do not just happen over the cold months either, but also if the owner fails to charge their vehicle off a good network.

This has sparked debate about car companies giving false information about their cars. Transport & Environment said one leading carmaker 'is conning its customers', after it had been contacted by an unhappy owner of one of its plug-in hybrids. Read more >>

There is also a debate online in LinkedIn



Overall, this means that Hybrid vehicles fail to reach the fuel efficiency rates promised due to the cold weather draining the batteries and poor management of the vehicles by the owners. 

We offer a Hybrid and Electric course, which will keep you up to date with the latest developments in the industry. 


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