What are hybrid cars?
Hybrid cars use two or more power sources to run the car; most combine electric power with traditional fuel sources such as petrol or diesel.
Why use a hybrid car?
Hybrids are considered eco-friendly, as the electric motor runs the car during the stop-start driving at peak hours, minimising fuel use and carbon emissions. The benefit of a hybrid over a full electric car is that at higher speeds, the combustion engine kicks back in, giving the car more thrust than an electric motor.
At what cost?
Hybrid cars may have a higher initial outlay but are more fuel efficient. The benefit will mostly be felt by high fuel users, where the savings are more likely to outweigh initial cost.