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Jun 27, 2016

Tips To Improve Fuel Efficiency Of A Hybrid Car

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Hybrid electric vehicles offer considerably better fuel efficiency than their non-hybrid counterparts by reducing fuel usage. Hybrid cars use their electric storage systems to save some of the energy produced by the internal-combustion engine and regenerative braking, such that the proportion of electric and fuel energy can be optimised to boost fuel efficiency.

Improving The Fuel Efficiency Of A Hybrid Car

Indeed, hybrids clearly offer more kilometres per litre than full-gas cars. But you can achieve even better fuel economy from your hybrid by following these simple tips:

  1. Start with the basics
  2. Many of the fuel-saving tips for gas-only vehicles also apply to hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). So:

    • Remove unnecessary loads from the boot
    • Ensure that the tires are correctly inflated in line with the manufacturer’s recommendation
    • Plan your journeys ahead to choose the quickest route, avoid traffic jams, and reduce your chances of getting lost
    • Close the windows and sunroof when driving at speeds over 72 km/h to reduce drag
    • Maintain a steady speed – avoid hard acceleration and sudden braking
    • Service your car regularly to keep all components performing their best.
  3. Use accessories wisely

    Accessories such as air conditioning, heating, and the entertainment system reduce fuel economy on all types of vehicles. However, they have a greater impact on hybrids and electric vehicles. So, consider pre-heating or precooling the cabin while it’s plugged in to maximize electric range and fuel economy.

  4. Use the most appropriate mode

    Many vehicles today come with multiple drive modes that adjust the engine’s output to suit different driving conditions and driving styles. These modes impact the vehicle’s efficiency, and knowing when to select a certain mode can help you save on the energy used. Generally, keeping the car in EV (electric only) mode means that it won’t use any fuel; but for long journeys, ECO mode helps to limit some aspects of the car’s performance so you can drive at a “sweet spot” to preserve electric power and consume less fuel.

  5. Keep the battery charged

    Keeping the battery charged allows you to use as much electricity and as little fuel as possible, helping you save on fuel costs. You should also avoid putting the car in a charge-depleting state. Generally, your car should not stay in EV mode for longer than you need it to. Quick acceleration at low speeds will deplete the battery power quicker than slow acceleration and cruising in EV mode.

    Lastly, make a habit of accelerating in gas mode and cruising in electric mode to optimise the efficiency of your hybrid. Let the combustion engine handle the greater share of acceleration to get you to the right speed, and then the electric mode can maintain it as you cruise. It takes a smaller amount of gas to speed up than electric power does, so you can enjoy the fuel-saving benefits of the battery for longer.

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