A hybrid Motability car is a vehicle available through the scheme that emits less harmful emissions into the environment. Green cars like hybrids, often called eco-friendly or environmentally friendly cars, pollute the environment less and tend to have lower running costs, which is great for Motability drivers who want to make the money they spend on fuel go as far as possible.
Today there’s more hybrid Motability cars available to lease through the scheme than ever before, but with 'mild' hybrids, 'full' hybrids, and plug-in hybrids to choose from, understanding all the different types of hybrid technology can be difficult.
A mild hybrid is similar to a full hybrid, except the small electric motor can only be used to assist the efficiency of the engine. This means it can't be used to power the vehicle on its own. Usually in a mild hybrid the hybrid system allows energy to be generated every time the vehicle brakes, and the energy is then stored in a small battery.
While a mild hybrid doesn’t have the same fuel efficiency as a full hybrid or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), they still offer increased fuel savings when compared to a conventional petrol or diesel powered vehicle. Mild hybrids also cost less produce, which means they are usually available to order through the Motability Scheme with a lower Advance Payment.
A full hybrid (sometimes called a parallel hybrid or a self -charging hybrid) uses the engine of the vehicle and an electric motor to power the car, usually simultaneously but sometimes independently (mainly at low speeds). This is the most common type of hybrid car (popularised by the Toyota Prius), storing a small amount electricity to give the engine a little extra power and improving the overall fuel economy.
A full hybrid is often considered a good option for Motability customers who cover lots of miles. This is because full hybrid cars automatically recharge their battery while on the road, meaning they do not need to be plugged in like a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (known as a PHEV) is perhaps the best type of hybrid car as it can be plugged in to charge up its battery. A PHEV hybrid uses a much larger battery, giving the vehicle a far superior electric-only range, often enough for a daily commute to and from work (typically between 25 and 45 miles).
If you can't plug it in the vehicle can still run using just the petrol or diesel engine, eliminating any range anxiety concerns. A PHEV is popular choice with Motability drivers who want a 'greener' vehicle but aren’t quite ready to make the leap to a fully electric vehicle.
As technology has progressed, carmakers have employed different kinds of technology to create greener and more efficient cars. Some have opted for the hybrid option, where the traditional engine is used in conjunction with an electric motor and a battery pack to power the car more efficiently.
Some manufacturers have chosen to develop fully electric cars, where no emissions are released at all while driving. These don’t have a traditional engine so need to be charged up to be driven.
Cars with a traditional petrol or diesel engine still make up the vast majority of cars on our roads, and remarkable technological advancements in recent years has seen these engines become far more environmentally friendly than ever before, meaning you can now choose a Motability car with an efficient engine that has lower CO2 emissions and is better for the environment.
Exchange your government funded Mobility Allowance for a green car through Motability and you’ll be driving a reliable, eco-friendly new car that comes with a 60,000 mile mileage allowance as well as comprehensive insurance for three drivers, breakdown cover from the RAC, annual road tax, tyre cover, windscreen damage cover, and all the servicing and maintenance it needs for 3 years.
Remember that the fuel consumption figures shown here are manufacturer reported and you’ll be unlikely to achieve these figures during ‘real world’ driving.