How hybrid cars work
WHAT IS A HYBRID CAR, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
DRIVING HYBRID VEHICLES: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN…
… you pull away from a standstill or drive slowly in a hybrid car?
In an e-BOXER self-charging hybrid, the driver display indicates EV mode
Pulling away or driving at slow speeds (up to 15mph) in traffic, the battery-powered electric motor alone drives the car. The petrol engine remains off, using no fuel and creating no emissions. In city traffic, this EV mode offers highly efficient – and completely clean – power to drive.
…you are cruising in a hybrid car?
In an e-BOXER self-charging hybrid, the driver display indicates Engine Driving
When cruising, the petrol engine alone is the most efficient power source. The engine also powers the electric generator, recharging the battery.
…you accelerate fully in a hybrid car?
In an e-BOXER self-charging hybrid, the driver display indicates Motor Assist mode
Under full acceleration or increased load (like climbing a hill) both the petrol engine and electric motor work together providing instant, responsive power. Excess engine power also recharges the battery.
…you decelerate and brake in a hybrid car?
In an e-BOXER self-charging hybrid, the driver display indicates regeneration from EV driving and Engine Driving
When you decelerate or brake, energy from the car’s movement that would otherwise be lost is captured and used to recharge the battery. This is called regenerative braking.
…you come to a complete stop in a hybrid car?
In an e-BOXER self-charging hybrid, the driver display indicates Stopped (Idle) mode
On stopping, the petrol engine switches off to save fuel and reduce emissions. If the battery needs recharging, the engine may keep running so the generator can top it up.
Please check model specification for feature availability/details. Model shown may not reflect UK specification.