Labradoodles. Camera phones. Romantic comedies. Many of the best things in life aren't one thing, but two - combined to make the best of both in one new form.
Hybrid cars and vans are another example of an innovation that merges two different stand-alone vehicle types; in this case, via the energy that powers them.
Hybrid vehicles are 'dual-energy' - they have both a traditional petrol or diesel engine and a battery-powered electric motor, and can run on either type of power. Hybrids are designed to travel short distances on zero-emission electric power, while also offering the option of switching to conventional diesel or petrol combustion power for longer journeys or when the battery is low on charge.
As many of us take steps to limit our carbon footprints, the popularity of hybrid cars has sky-rocketed in recent years. In 2019, the hybrid market rose 17% within new car sales, to 97,850 vehicles, so it stands to reason that we should see a surge in the number of hybrids filtering through to the used car and van market before long.
But why wait 'til then? At Carbase, we already have a fantastic selection of used hybrid cars in stock, so if you're looking to boost the environmentally-friendly credentials of your next car, you've come to right place.
Still not sure if a hybrid vehicle is right for you? We've created this handy infographic to tell you all you need to know about hybrid cars and vans, including the pros and cons.
Hybrid vehicle technology is very much in its infancy, and we expect to see hybrids develop rapidly over the coming years.