Everything You Need to Know About Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)

Everything You Need to Know

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) have both a gasoline engine and electric battery. Essentially, a hybrid is a traditional gas-powered car that sends you on fewer trips to the pump annually.

You cannot drive an HEV without using the gas engine; it will not run on the battery alone. However, the two will work in tandem to make the car more fuel efficient.

You do not need to charge an HEV. Instead, electric energy is generated by regenerative braking. This is a process by which the electric motor converts the energy created when you brake into stored power. HEVs then use the battery to assist the gasoline engine, which in turn increases fuel economy and range. In a nutshell, the hybrid component essentially makes your traditional gas vehicle more fuel-efficient.

You’ll still be able to drive long distances, but your recommended maintenance/oil-changes won’t change. The benefit? You’ll make fewer trips to the pump annually.

Let’s break it down:


  • Great on gas - go further on each tank
  • No range limitations on how far you can drive
  • No charging station required
  • Less upfront purchasing costs than a PHEV or EV
  • HEVs come in all sizes, up to 8 seats
  • Many HEVs have towing capabilities


  • You’re still paying for gas
  • Environmental impact is still high
  • They do not meet the requirements for any provincial or federal rebates


Get phenomenal kilometres per litre with an HEV.


Drive your HEV like a regular gas car - no stops to charge required.


While an HEV will be more expensive than a traditional gas engine, you'll save compared to an PHEV or EV.


Technology is changing daily, but right now seating for more than 5 in a 100% battery electric EV is still quite rare.

Who should buy an HEV?

HEVs are a great choice. They’re ideal for drivers who do not have regular access to a charging station, such people who live in older apartments without a charging station, or those with on-street parking only.

DID YOU KNOW: the 2017 Niro received a Guinness World Record title for the lowest fuel consumption driving across the USA from coast to coast (hybrid car). The new record-setting mark is an incredible 32.57 km/litre (76.6 mpg).

Check out the info you need on Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) and Battery Electric Vehicles (EV).

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