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Hybrids We’re Excited About For 2024

The pool of new hybrid vehicles from which a new car buyer can buy from has grown considerably over the last couple of years.  The mainstay of hybrid manufacturers (e.g., Honda and Toyota) that have been in the hybrid game for over two decades are still providing us with some great vehicles; however, we have plenty of new hybrid options to choose from now. 

Hybrids vehicles are vehicles that are powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) but also have one or more electric motors to enhance a vehicle’s fuel economy, lower its overall emissions (gCO2/km), and add to the car’s performance.  Hybrids also have a battery pack to source electricity for powering the electric motors.  The battery is usually charged through regenerative braking and by the internal combustion engine, though some cars, like the Mitsubishi Outlander, are plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), meaning that their battery packs can also be charged up when not being driven, like a full electric vehicle (EV). 

At the moment, hybrid vehicles are fantastic and make a lot of sense.  For much of the time, they happily pootle about town on electricity alone (no emissions and no fuel usage).  Then, when longer journeys are necessary (out of town) or if you need to tow something, a hybrid vehicle can make use of its ICE power and the country’s fuel network for taking you places far beyond the infrastructure for battery recharge. 

So, what new hybrid vehicles can we buy in 2024?  I’ve endeavoured to break down the new hybrid vehicles according to their price bracket.  There are actually over 70 new hybrid vehicles available today.  See our review pages for more details on most of these, and we’re adding to our list of reviews all the time.

Up to $50,000

  • GWM Haval Jolion SUV
  • Hyundai Kona SUV
  • Hyundai i30 Sedan
  • GWM Haval H6 SUV
  • Kia Niro SUV
  • MG HS Plus SUV
  • Subaru Forester SUV
  • Toyota RAV4 SUV
  • Toyota Yaris Cross Small SUV
  • Toyota Camry Sedan
  • Toyota Corolla Hatch
  • Subaru Crosstrek SUV
  • Toyota C-HR Small SUV
  • Toyota Yaris Hatch
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • Honda HR-V Small SUV
  • Toyota Corolla Cross SUV

$50,000 to $75,000

  • Peugeot 408 SUV
  • Honda Civic Hatch
  • Honda ZR-V SUV
  • Honda CR-V SUV
  • Mini Countryman SUV/Hatch
  • Lexus NX SUV
  • Toyota Corolla Cross SUV
  • Subaru Forester SUV
  • Toyota RAV4 SUV
  • Honda Accord Sedan
  • Nissan Qashqai SUV
  • Toyota Camry Sedan
  • Toyota Kluger SUV
  • Cupra Leon Hatch
  • Cupra Formentor SUV
  • Lexus ES Sedan
  • Lexus UX SUV
  • Mitsubishi Outlander SUV
  • Kia Sorento SUV
  • Nissan X-Trail SUV
  • GWM Tank 300 SUV
  • Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV
  • Kia Niro SUV
  • MG HS Plus SUV
  • Peugeot 308 Hatch
  • Ford Escape SUV

$75,000 to 100,000

  • Kia Sorento SUV
  • Mazda CX-60 SUV
  • Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV
  • Peugeot 3008 SUV
  • Volvo XC60 SUV
  • Toyota Kluger SUV
  • Peugeot 508 Wagon
  • Lexus ES Sedan
  • BMW 3 Series Sedan
  • Peugeot 508 Hatch
  • Mini Countryman SUV
  • Lexus NX SUV
  • Lexus RX SUV

$100,000 to $125,000

  • Mercedes Benz GLC-Class SUV
  • Lexus RX SUV
  • Volvo XC60 SUV
  • Audi Q5 SUV
  • BMW X3 SUV
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV
  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUV

$125,000 to $150,000

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
  • Land Rover Defender SUV
  • Land Rover Range Rover Velar SUV
  • Volvo XC90 SUV
  • Mercedes Benz E-Class Sedan
  • Lexus RX SUV

$150,000 to $200,000

  • Lexus LM People Mover
  • Audi Q8 SUV
  • Porsche Cayenne SUV
  • BMW X5 SUV
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV

$200,000 and Beyond

  • Lexus LS Sedan
  • Lexus LC Coupe
  • Mercedes Benz AMG GT Coupe
  • Bently Bentayga SUV
  • McLaren Artura Coupe
  • Bentley Flying Spur Sedan
  • Ferrari SF90 Stradale Coupe
  • Ferrari 296 GTB Coupe
  • Ferrari SF90 Spider Convertible

Is It Better to Buy a Hybrid Vehicle or Electric Vehicle in 2024?

So, you’re looking to purchase an eco-friendly car in 2024? 

That’s awesome! 

There are so many fantastic options available right now that all help you to do your part to protect our environment. 

Of course, one of the most common questions we’re getting right now is: 

Should I buy a hybrid or electric vehicle in 2024? 

That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide to give you a better understanding of the differences between electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as what else you need to know to make the right decision. 

So, buckle up, and let’s get into it. 

Remind me: How does an Electric Vehicle work? 

Electric Vehicles (EVs) substitute a traditional internal combustion engine for an electric motor that’s powered by a battery mounted in the car. The battery is then charged by being plugged into an EV charging station or wall outlet. 

We now also have Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) in Australia as well that are powered by a Hydrogen Fuel Cell, as opposed to an onboard battery. 

While these are not as popular as traditional Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) just yet, they are starting to gain more momentum – especially as refuelling them can take just a fraction of the time it takes to recharge a BEV. 

How does a Hybrid Vehicle work? 

Hybrid Vehicles combine traditional petrol/diesel engines with an electric propulsion system to provide two distinguishable power sources that can quickly adapt to your driving style. 

As an example, the internal combustion engine will typically kick in on highways, while the electric motor will take over at slower speeds around suburban streets. 

There are three main types of hybrid vehicles: 

Standard hybrids 

These alternate automatically between petrol/diesel and electric power, which is charged while the car runs on fuel. 

Plug-in hybrids 

The electric power source charges from an external port to give the car a greater electric-only range. 

Mild hybrids 

These vehicles come with a small internal battery pack typically to provide a boost in performance or economy. 

What are the main differences between Electric and Hybrid Vehicles? 

Aside from their power source, there are a few key differences between electric and hybrid vehicles that may have an impact on your final decision: 

Refuelling 

Hybrid vehicles can be fuelled with petrol or diesel, and the battery is typically recharged by the engine while driving. Electric vehicles must be charged with an external power source. 

Emissions 

Hybrids produce fewer emissions than traditional cars, while fully electric vehicles produce zero emissions. 

Range 

A hybrid vehicle has no set range as long as fuel access exists. An electric vehicle’s range is limited by its battery capacity, which is important to consider when taking longer trips. 

Cost 

Hybrid vehicles are typically cheaper than EVs to purchase, however, ongoing maintenance costs can be much higher over the life of the car. 

As you can see, there are several pros and cons to each type of vehicle, and one of the most important things to consider when making your decision is accessibility to EV charging stations – especially if you like to take longer driving trips. 

How easy is it to recharge your electric vehicle EV in Australia? 

Currently, there are more than 3000 dedicated electric vehicle charging points in Australia – with more than a third of them located in NSW. 

While this is not a huge amount for a country the size of Australia, the infrastructure will continue to be developed over time to make our roads much more EV-friendly. 

Of course, if charging your car is a concern to you, you always have the option of buying a hybrid that can also run on petrol or diesel if EV charging stations are lacking. 

It’s worth noting here that our State and Federal governments have created several EV incentives as well to make purchasing an electric vehicle more attractive to more people. This is something you should consider when making your decision. 

So, should you buy a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle in 2024? 

At the end of the day, the choice of whether to buy an electric or hybrid vehicle in 2024 is really up to you. Make sure to consider why you need the vehicle and how you intend to use it when making your decision. 

That being said, if you do need extra help in finding the right vehicle for you, Private Fleet can help. 

Find the right eco-friendly vehicle at the right price with Private Fleet 

Private Fleet empowers you to gain all the benefits of a fleet purchase but as a private buyer. 

Backed by decades of vehicle industry experience, fleet buying power and a network of car dealers across Australia, we are here to ensure that buying your next hybrid or electric vehicle in 2024 will be as straightforward as possible for you. 

Shopping for a car is an enjoyable process – let us make it hassle-free, too. 

Reach out to us today for a seamless and simple car-buying experience. 

A Quick Guide To Owning A Hybrid Vehicle

A Quick Guide To Owning A Hybrid Vehicle

 

Are you gearing up to purchase a hybrid vehicle?

If so, congratulations! You’re about to embark on a journey of efficiency, sustainability and innovation! Hybrid vehicles are truly remarkable in so many ways. As their name suggests, they run off of a blend of petrol and electric power, resulting in a drive that’s not only eco-conscious but also smooth and efficient as well.

However, it’s important to note that due to their hybrid nature, these vehicles come with their own set of unique characteristics that are important to understand if you are thinking about purchasing one.

In this article, we will steer you through a basic overview of the ins and outs of owning a hybrid vehicle. Let’s dive in.

 

Why purchase a hybrid vehicle?

Hybrid vehicles are a fusion of traditional petrol engines and electric propulsion systems.

With two distinguishable power sources available, the vehicle is adaptable to your driving style. For example, the petrol engine generally takes the lead on highways, while the electric motor gracefully navigates city streets – a partnership that enhances both performance and efficiency.

A hybrid vehicle offers you essentially two key advantages:

  1. environmental sustainability
  2. cost savings

By only using petrol as a secondary source of power, Hybrid vehicles effectively reduce fuel consumption, which translates to fewer trips to the petrol station and notable savings. Furthermore, by producing fewer emissions, hybrids also contribute to a cleaner environment, presenting an appealing solution to the world’s current environmental challenges.

 

The types of hybrid vehicles

 

The types of hybrid vehicles

As diverse as they are in and of themselves, hybrid vehicles also come in a diverse range of options, generally distinguishable by how they are charged.

  • Standard hybrids automatically alternate between fuel and electric power. The electric power supply is charged internally while the vehicle runs on fuel.
  • Plug-in hybrids extend their electric-only range by charging from an external, plug-in port.
  • Mild hybrids have a small internal battery pack generally just to provide a boost in performance or economy.

It’s this diversity of choice that allows you to choose and tailor your vehicle according to your unique preferences.

 

How to care for and maintain a hybrid vehicle.

By diversifying the point of propulsion, many hybrid vehicles enable owners to say goodbye to common maintenance issues among purely electric or petrol-based vehicles.

That notwithstanding, there are still some measures that must be taken to ensure optimal performance over the long term.

  1. Gentle Driving Habits: Smooth acceleration and braking preserve hybrid efficiency, extending battery life and optimising performance.
  2. Regular Maintenance Checks: The same for all vehicles, stick to routine maintenance schedules for tire inflation, oil changes, and fluid checks to ensure consistent performance.

  3. Battery Care: Avoid deep discharges and overcharges. Instead, maintain moderate battery levels to enhance the lifespan and efficiency of the vehicle.

  4. Brake Maintenance: Many hybrid vehicles utilise regenerative braking systems which reduce wear on brake pads. To assist this further, regular checks will ensure that your braking systems work optimally over time.

  5. Consistent Charging (Plug-in Hybrids): Plug-in Hybrids benefit from regular charging to maximise electric-only range and overall fuel efficiency. Charge overnight for convenience.

 

Interested in hybrid vehicles but unsure where to start?

The automotive industry is currently experiencing revolutionary changes, as demonstrated by the rise of EVs and Hybrid vehicles.

With all these changes to the car-buying experience, it helps to have a vehicle expert who can guide you.

If you have questions about cars, Virtual Showrooms and how you can choose the right vehicle for you, simply reach out to us for a chat.

 

Find the right vehicle (virtually or in-person) for you with Private Fleet.

Private Fleet empowers you to gain all the benefits of a fleet purchase but as a private buyer.

Backed by decades of vehicle industry experience, fleet buying power and a network of car dealers across Australia, we are here to ensure that buying your next vehicle will be as straightforward as possible for you.

Shopping for a car is an enjoyable process – let us make it hassle-free, too.

Reach out to us today for a seamless and simple car-buying experience.

 

The Li-Ion In Winter: What Cold Weather Does To EV Batteries

A number of you will have bought your very first EV in the past 9 or so months (i.e., when the warmer weather began in spring through to autumn). Now that we’re heading into winter, there are some things that you will need to be aware of as the colder days roll around. This is because EVs don’t behave like ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles.

You may well be glad that you don’t have to sit there and warm up the engine before you get going (although I have to say that most modern ICE vehicles don’t need you to do this – thankfully!). However, you may find the following scenario has happened to you:

You set out on a chilly morning as usual in your PHEV or BEV and head off on your normal commute.  You had topped up the battery as usual the night before and you’ve got plenty of charge.  However, this morning, you notice that the range seems to be much lower than usual, meaning that you have to plan for an extra stop to recharge. Because you’d planned your time according to what you normally do, you don’t have time to stop off and recharge right now if you want to be in time for work, so you plan for an extra stop on the way back home, meaning that you lose out on some family time.  If you’re really unlucky, you have to limp into the charging station on the last dregs of the battery.  You may wonder what on earth happened to drain your battery so quickly – and you will have a fair amount of time to stop and think about this as you wait at the charging station.

In fact, quite a few drivers have found that in cold wintery weather, battery range can drop by as much as 40%.

Now, one of the reasons why your battery may have drained more quickly in cold winter weather is obvious. If it’s a bit chilly, your natural instinct is to turn the heater on so you don’t arrive at work with a dripping red nose and chilly fingers. Obviously, the heat that comes through the climate control system in your EV has to come from somewhere, as the system can’t use the waste heat from the engine, as is the case in ICE vehicles. This heat has to be supplied by the battery, so that puts extra demand on it, meaning that you end up with less range and a battery that drains more quickly.

Now, you could always bundle up in an extra coat, a hat, a scarf and a set of mittens for your drive to avoid using the heater and spare your battery.  However, there are other options.  The first is to make the most of functions such as heated seats.  Although these will also use the electrical energy stored in the battery, it’s a lot more efficient to heat your back and bottom with a heated seat than it is to heat the air enough to get you comfortable.  With some models of EV, such as Tesla, you can also pre-warm your car while it’s waiting on the trickle charge so that it’s nice and warm when you get in, and the electricity used to heat things up hasn’t drained the battery as much as it would have if the car wasn’t plugged in.

However, this isn’t the only reason why your battery drains so quickly in colder weather.  It’s an unfortunate reality that lithium ion batteries sulk when the temperature drops (it’s all to do with the electrochemical reactions going on inside the battery).  You may remember from back in high school science days that you can speed up a chemical reaction by adding heat and slow it down by cooling things down, and the same applies to the chemical reactions that make the battery work.  Because things inside the battery are sluggish, they don’t produce as much power, so your range goes down.  Just to add to the insult, because of this slowed chemical reaction, regenerative braking doesn’t work as well, which also adds up to an extra reduction in the range.

Now, the designers of EVs have been smart enough to know that if things get too cold, the chemical reaction will stop altogether, so they have included a heating system in the battery pack – which, of course, runs off the battery’s own power.  If you, like many others, have set your vehicle up on trickle charge overnight, you may find in the morning that you haven’t got as much charge overnight as you had hoped. This is because some of the energy has gone to heating the battery. Parking the car inside overnight while it charges can help overcome this problem, as this helps the battery stay in the Goldilocks Zone of temperature (not too hot and not too cold but just right).

Another reason why you may not have got as much charge as you had hoped is also a result of the sluggishness of lithium in the cold.  In cold temperatures, the lithium is slow to release its charge and it’s also slow to receive charge as well (charging is just a reversal of the chemical process). This may mean that you have to allow more time to charge your battery, although it’s important to bear in mind that frequently using superfast chargers will shorten your battery’s lifespan.

Some aspects of winter driving are unavoidable.  You probably will have to use the headlights more often in the darker days, along with the demisters to unfog your windows and the windscreen wipers. These will all put extra demand onto your battery.  If winter in your part of the country means strong winds, these will also put an extra demand on your battery, as getting your vehicle up to speed means that wind resistance will have to be overcome.  However, by following the advice in this article, you’ll be able to claw back a little extra range, so you see a drop of only ~10% rather than 40%.

To recap:

  • Use heated seats and steering wheels rather than the climate control to stay warm.
  • Preheat your vehicle while it’s still charging.
  • Allow for extra charging time (and possibly more stops at the charging station).
  • Park your vehicle inside overnight.
  • Wear warm winter clothes inside the car so you don’t have to switch on the heater.