The latest on electric and hybrid vehicles

Months ago, in our blog Onyx Responsible Insurance , we talked about sustainable urban mobility. Today, we focus on electric and hybrid vehicles, which continue to advance in performance and are positioning themselves daily as protagonists of the future of the automotive industry. Here are some of the new tech features that are here to stay.

What’s new in electric cars

The battery safety of these cars is another point in constant evolution.The first is vibration, which certifies the operation of the battery regardless of the terrain on which it is circulated; the second, to subject the battery to sudden changes in temperature and keep it working; thirdly, it is checked if in the event of an electrical failure, the battery resists without catching fire or exploding; the last test consists of subjecting the battery to a mechanical shock, that is, through an impact. This ensures the safety of the vehicle’s occupants even if the battery becomes unusable.

Hybrids increase in popularity

Hybrid cars are part of the present, with some pros and cons that should be known.

pros

– Fuel saving: since its mechanics require less force from the combustion engine.

– Tax advantages: by having the ECO label, they can circulate in areas with the active anti-pollution protocol or discounts on tolls or parking.

– Access to the urban center: this advantage becomes more important given the current global pandemic situation, which translates into greater traffic restrictions in large cities.

Cons

On highways or non-urban traffic it works almost like a traditional combustion car.

– They continue to pollute: despite being cleaner, when the electric motor stops working, it works through the combustion engine.

– More expensive: it is still more expensive than a diesel or gasoline car, so you should think about the use that would be given to it and if the investment is profitable.

During the month of September, plug-in and non-plug-in hybrid vehicles recorded very positive sales numbers. As for the former, they reached 1,974 registered units, which is 265.5% more than in the same period last year. Those with non-pluggable technology accumulated up to 12,318 registered units, 45.3% compared to 2019.

If we focus on the most popular models, we see that the Toyota Corolla ranks first among the best sellers, followed by other models of the Japanese brand, which is dominant in this 2020 ranking.

In short, technology is advancing by leaps and bounds so that we can choose cars that are more respectful of the environment and we hope that in a few years gasoline and diesel will lose weight on the roads.

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