Hybrid cars are ‘gaining popularity’ in latest war against petrol and diesel cars

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Hybrid sales have increased by 27 percent when compared to data from last year, according to data from used car dealers Buy a Car. The overall market share for hybrid models has now risen by 17 percent as drivers search for cleaner alternatives.

The motoring specialists have even claimed hybrid models “dominate” petrol and diesel cars where models come with both fuel options.

Buy a Car says its own data has Toyota’s popular Yaris hybrid outselling its petrol variant by three to one.

Meanwhile, no customers have opted for the Hyundai Ioniq petrol variant this year with 100 percent of customers electing the hybrid option.

Peter Gibney, Head of Commercial Operations at Buy a Car said it was “no surprise” hybrids were gaining popularity.

He said drivers were choosing models as a “step towards electric” and the rise in popularity was down to an “increase in choice”.

He said: “With the clock ticking down toward the end of new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 and pure electric vehicles remaining an unknown quantity for many buyers in the used car market, it is perhaps no surprise to see hybrids suddenly gaining popularity.

“Because the hybrid variant typically costs more to buy, where there is a choice of fuel type, it seems unlikely that consumers are choosing them purely to save money on their motoring.

“But it seems plausible that choosing a hybrid is a tentative step toward the electric future and that’s what we think is accelerating hybrid sales this year.

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“The increase in choice, with new hybrid models introduced in the past couple of years now reaching the used market, is also doubtless having an impact.”

Mr Gibney added: “Plug-in hybrids, in particular, represent a logical choice for anyone interested in moving towards electric as their next choice.

“Many models will cover a typical commute on electric power only, so they provide much of the experience of running an EV but without the range anxiety that remains the biggest block for most people contemplating going electric.

“There’s still a long way to go for motorists to wean themselves off traditional fuels and this month hybrids still only represent around one in 20 sales.

“But every sign is that the corner is now being turned and hybrids are on the march.”

Carwow has also revealed it has noticed “record levels” interested in electric vehicles in recent months.

It warns drivers could be paying up to “three times” as much when topping up their cars with petrol when compared to charging an electric car.

Sepi Arani, commercial lead for Carwow said it was “easy” to see why drivers were looking at making the switch.

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