Quick answers to the most common questions
What happens when a hybrid car is stationary at idle?
The engine turns off to save fuel. Releasing the brake pedal lets the car move forward slowly, using the electric motor only.
What happens when a hybrid car is cruising at speed?
The petrol engine alone takes over as the most efficient power source. The engine also powers the electric generator, recharging the battery.
What happens when a hybrid car is in slow city traffic?
The battery-powered electric motor alone drives the car. The petrol engine remains off, using no fuel and creating no emissions. Driving is smooth and almost silent.
What happens when a hybrid car accelerates (for instance to overtake)?
Both the petrol engine and electric motor work together providing instant, responsive power. Excess engine power also recharges the battery.
What happens when a hybrid car climbs hills or steep gradients?
As during acceleration, when under load both the petrol engine and electric motor work together providing instant, responsive power. Excess engine power also recharges the battery.
What happens when a hybrid brakes or decelerates?
When you brake (or decelerate), energy from the car’s movement that would otherwise be lost is captured and used to recharge the battery. This is called ‘regenerative braking’. In a Subaru e-BOXER, braking feels natural and progressive, just as in a conventional car.
What happens when a hybrid descends hills or steep gradients?
Again, regenerative braking captures the energy that would otherwise be lost and uses it to recharge the battery.
What happens when encountering rough terrain?
Driving slowly, the battery-powered electric motor will power the car –unless under load, when the motor will assist the engine too.
Are hybrids cheaper to run than conventional cars?
Compared to running an equivalent model petrol or diesel car, a hybrid vehicle, with a combination of both engine and self-charging battery powered electric motor, typically offers improved mpg and also uses less fuel.
Are hybrids more affordable to own than conventional cars?
Compared to owning an equivalent model petrol or diesel car, hybrids also offer several advantages that can make them more affordable to own. These include:
- Lower emissions reducing Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax)
- For companies running fleets, lower company car tax and National Insurance liability
- For business drivers with a company car, lower Benefit in Kind personal tax
- Low depreciation (high residual resale value) after three years/60,000 miles use
Hybrids are electrified. Are they safe?
Yes – absolutely. Subaru e-BOXERS have been subjected to the most stringent safety testing – well in excess of that required by law.
Electric components like the lithium-ion battery, inverters, and DC-DC converters are enclosed in a reinforced protection frame to stay secure and unexposed, even in a rear collision. They are also engineered to remain waterproof, securely packaged under the cargo floor.
Is servicing a hybrid more costly? Is it more complex?
No. Despite the different technology, Subaru e-BOXER servicing costs will be less, or the same as, the equivalent petrol or diesel model.
Regular serving keeps the battery, electrical systems, engine, motor and coolants in optimum condition. As the e-BOXER range does not have clutches there are no replacement costs, and regenerative braking usually extends the life of brake pads.
What warranties come with a Subaru e-BOXER?
The e-Boxer range comes with Subaru UK 5-Year / 100,000 km (whichever is sooner) Limited Warranty, including Bodywork ( 12-Year Anti-Corrosion Warranty, Paintwork ( 3-Year Warranty) and 3-Year Recovery and Assistance.
Please check model specification for feature availability/details. Model shown may not reflect UK specification.