Hybrid & Electric | Darlington, Northallerton & Teesside | RMB Automotive
Why Go Electric? RMB has its' finger on the hybrid fuel pulse by offering you the latest in Hybrid cars. We stock models from leading manufacturers, including the expanding Toyota range of hybrids, such as the 4th Generation Prius, the Prius Plug-in, New RAV4 Hybrid and New Corolla Hybrid.

Types of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles Explained

Everything you wanted to know about hybrid, fully electric and fuel cell cars


    Hybrid Vehicles

    No plug, just impressive efficiency.

    Plug-in Hybrid

    Go ahead and plug it in.....if you want.

    All Electric

    100% Electric, Petrol Free, just charge it up and go!

    The Plug-In Hybrid Range

    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or PHEVs can recharge the battery through both regenerative braking and 'plugging in' to an external source of electrical power.

    The All Electric Range

    Battery Electric Vehicles, also called BEVs, and more frequently called EVs, are fully-electric vehicles with rechargeable batteries and no gasoline engine. Battery electric vehicles store electricity onboard with high-capacity battery packs. Their battery power is used to run the electric motor and all onboard electronics.

    The Benefits of Buying Electric

    Hassle-free driving

    Cars which offer excellent performance whilst cutting fuel consumption and emissions to unprecedentedly low levels may seem too good to be true – but there are no hidden costs. You simply jump in a hybrid and drive away with a gentle hum from the engine.

    The automatic transmission takes care of gear changes, and with conventional hybrids you don’t need to worry about stopping to recharge the battery. Even a plug-in hybrid, which can be charged from an outlet, will run as a non-plug-in hybrid when the battery is empty – and the rewards regarding fuel costs and carbon output can be even greater.

    When the battery does run low, excess energy from braking, for example, tops it back up. All you need to worry about is filling the car up with more fuel when supplies run low.

    Two engines in one

    With a petrol engine working in tandem with an electric motor and batteries, you enjoy access to ample power yet also fuel-saving efficiency. They work together when extra power is needed, such as an overtaking manoeuvre. But when you are driving through town at lower speeds, the car can run in full electric mode and consume no fuel.

    Lower fuel consumption, lower cost

    With less work required from the combustion engine, you can expect lower fuel consumption, less CO2 emissions and all the cost saving benefits that come with it. Hybrid cars are often cheaper to tax as they are better for the environment, and you won’t need to fill up with fuel as often.

    Key Benefits Include,

    Electric cars offer a range of financial, performance and environmental benefits when compared with internal combustion engine vehicles.

    • Greener
    • Faster
    • Cheaper to run
    • More convenient to own
    • Soon to be cheaper to buy or lease

    Electric Vehicle FAQ

    Electric cars are greener than internal combustion engine vehicles by a number of key measures, with the exception of the carbon intensity of the manufacturing process.

    What is a hybrid car?


    A hybrid car is a vehicle that uses two power sources to run – a conventional petrol or diesel engine and a battery-powered electric motor.

    What is a plug-in hybrid?


    A plug-in hybrid car includes a battery for the electric motor that can be charged via an outlet, as well as being charged through recycled energy. They can also run as a conventional non-plug-in hybrid when the battery is empty. The only plug in hybrid model currently available is the Toyota Prius Plug In Hybrid.

    How often do hybrid batteries need replacing?


    The batteries in most hybrid cars are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle. The car will show signs if the battery does need to be changed, such as the engine running almost constantly, including during light acceleration. Fuel economy may also drop significantly. You can replace a hybrid car’s battery beyond warranty at an extra cost. The price will vary depending on the make and model.

    What happens if my battery runs out of charge?


    This won’t happen, as the hybrid system has been designed to top up the battery when the energy becomes low.

    Can a hybrid car continue to run on electricity when it runs out of fuel?


    No. Hybrid cars can run in full electric mode, but they are not designed to operate with no fuel in the tank. Driving with no fuel can severely damage the system.

    Is it expensive to service and maintain a hybrid?


    The costs are around the same as a conventional car when you choose an approved service centre. In fact, as less strain is placed on the engine, you may find that it is cheaper to maintain your hybrid as parts may not need to be replaced as often.

    Are hybrid vehicles safe?


    Every effort has been made to make hybrid cars as safe as possible. For example, they include circuit breakers to cut the electrical current if the system has been damaged in an accident. They also feature all the same active and passive safety systems as combustion cars, including ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

    Are hybrid cars expensive to buy?


    Hybrid cars do have a higher price tag than non-hybrid equivalents, but it is important to consider the lower running costs of these vehicles. Less tax and fuel expenses can make them more affordable in the long run.

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