Are Hybrids Worth It?

Even though hybrids debuted in the UK 20 years ago, they are still relatively uncommon. Many people wonder if the benefits out-weigh the costs. There have been several experiments and trials done in order to establish a accurate answer. However, a straight-forward verdict has still not been reached, but one thing is clear, it is definitely better for the environment. Seemingly, the cost/benefit is based on circumstances and the way in which the vehicle is used.

There have been tests and comparisons done with the Golf GTE and the Toyota Camry, as just two examples. The quick and easy answer is, if you live in the city and drive short-ish distances and mostly at lower speeds, hybrids will pay back the extra purchase costs in an estimated five to seven years, in some cases. This could take longer or shorter depending on how the vehicle is used. Fuel is not the only thing you will be saving on but also congestion charges, taxes, sometimes on insurance and additional future savings as governments crack down more on pollution.

So, in short, hybrids could definitely be beneficial for some people, but not all, at this point in time. However, the more ‘green conscious’ legislation becomes and with future hybrid improvements, one day most people will probably have a hybrid or fully electric car.