Compare car insurance quotes for petrol-electric hybrid cars
Hybrid cars use a combination of electricity and petrol. They have an electric motor that’s powered by energy stored in batteries and a combustion engine that runs on petrol.
There are also a handful of diesel hybrid cars on the market, but they're relatively rare.
Hybrid cars emit less CO2, so they’re more environmentally friendly, but they can also save you money.
Combining the two fuel types also reduces the car’s running costs and hybrid owners pay a little less road tax. Choosing a PHEV for your company car can reduce company car tax, and you may avoid some congestion charges.
There are two types of hybrid cars:
Hybrid cars are more common than pure electric cars, so insurance quotes are often more competitive.
However, insuring a hybrid car may still be more expensive than taking out cover for a standard car, as the costs of parts are likely to be higher.
But these days the cost of insuring a hybrid is really quite similar to any other car – the price you may depends more on your personal circumstances, your own driving history and the value of your car.
To find the best quotes it’s a good idea to shop around and compare car insurance policies from a number of providers to find the best option to suit your needs.
There are three main types of hybrid car:
This is the most common type of hybrid and is also known as a parallel or self-charging hybrid.
Full hybrids use a combustion engine and an electric motor, which both powers the car and charges the battery – there’s no need to plug in.
Typical features of a full hybrid:
As the name suggests, these hybrids need to be plugged in to charge their electric battery.
Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) perform similarly to an electric car, allowing the vehicle to travel longer distances on electric power.
Typical features of a plug-in hybrid:
A mild hybrid car uses self-charging to generate its electric power, but it has a smaller battery which means it can’t drive on battery power alone.
Instead, the battery power is used to help the petrol or diesel engine run more efficiently, rather than taking over from it.
Typical features of a mild hybrid:
Hybrids offer the flexibility of being able to use two types of fuel.
They store electricity in a battery so they consume less petrol or diesel, but also have a longer range than a fully electric car.
Uually the battery will power the car at low speeds or shorter distances and the conventional engine takes over when the car reaches higher speeds or on longer journeys.
If you’re thinking about making the switch to a hybrid vehicle, it’s a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons:
No, to insure a hybrid car you’ll find most standard providers will be able to cover you.
It’ll be covered if it’s damaged by an accident if you have comprehensive cover, or by the at-fault driver’s insurance if the accident wasn’t your fault. But you won’t be covered for wear and tear or if your battery’s just faulty – check your car warranty instead.
Different car manufacturers provide different warranties, but most hybrid cars have around five-10 years battery warranty.
If you have a hybrid car, you’ll still need to pay road tax, also known as Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).
Alternative fuel cars like hybrids are exempt from the first year of road tax if their CO2 emissions are less than 50g/km.
If your car releases more CO2 than this, then the cost of your first VED payment will depend on the level of your emissions. After the first year, you’ll pay a set fee for your hybrid’s road tax every year, which will be less than the amount of VED you’d pay for a petrol or diesel car.
If your hybrid costs more than £40,000, you’ll need to pay an extra £335 a year on top of the standard VED.
Company cars that are hybrid vehicles can benefit from a reduction in Benefit-in-Kind tax, also known as company car tax. Based on CO2 emissions, plug-in hybrids that emit 50g/km or less will qualify for the lower tax band.
Because hybrid cars still have a combustion engine, they have more moving parts than an electric car so can be more expensive to maintain.
Plus, the electric batteries in hybrid cars are more expensive than the standard 12v batteries you find in regular cars - although most hybrid manufacturers provide a battery warranty of between five and 10 years, or 100,000 miles.
But as hybrid cars share the wear and tear between the battery and the engine, overall they can cost less to maintain than conventional cars.
This will depend on the type of journeys you typically make. If you mostly do short journeys, your hybrid car will largely be able to rely on electric power, so you can save costs by not using regular fuel.
For longer journeys and trips on motorways where speeds are higher, the fuel consumption in hybrid cars is less efficient. This is because hybrid cars carry the extra weight of the components needed for dual-power and this can end up costing you more in petrol or diesel.