kingdragonfly: I like EV's because they are less complex, meaning less maintenance and less to break.
https://www.drivingelectric.com/your-questions-answered/686/what-self-charging-hybridSelf-charging hybrids usually employ one or more electric motors to aid the performance of a car’s petrol or diesel engine.
Once the battery has acquired enough charge, a self-charging hybrid can use this additional energy to help the car gain speed, reducing the burden on the internal-combustion engine.
This has the effect of saving fuel, therefore improving fuel economy on typical journeys through towns and cities.
Most self-charging hybrids are also capable of moving under electric power alone for short distances, which is useful in slow-moving traffic and during manoeuvres like parallel parking. As well as conserving fuel, self-charging hybrids will reduce CO2 emissions, making them better for the environment.
Self-charging hybrids are so-named because you can't charge the battery externally: all the energy is harvested from either the engine, the brakes, or merely the act of slowing down.
While self-charging hybrids are likely to be a better prospect for some drivers than plug-in hybrids, it’s important to remember that they bring no efficiency benefits at motorway speeds. On fast roads, you're entirely reliant on the internal combustion engine, and if you travel cross-country a lot, then a pure petrol or diesel will be more suitable.
Because of their small batteries, self-charging hybrids can’t travel very far on electric power alone; usually no more than a mile or so. So if you frequently drive short distances and you can charge a car at home or at work, a plug-in hybrid might be a more cost-effective option. Not only will you save money by travelling on electric power rather than petrol or diesel, you’ll still have the option of driving further afield using conventional fuel should the need arise.
Finally, self-charging hybrids are unlikely to suit driving enthusiasts. Most self-charging hybrids are designed to save fuel and make driving a relaxing and pleasant experience, as opposed to an exciting or involving one.
Me too. Its a pity that the premium well exceeds any costs savings
With Hybrids, apparently the battery degrades faster than an EV. But if your main mileage is commuting a hybrid can work out as they are cheap. Latest Prius might be 40k all up with subsidy. 65km range, top up at home, back to work tomorrow, etc