The rising gas prices in British Columbia over the past few months are no joke.
After shattering a four-year record earlier in the spring (several times, actually), Vancouver became a hot spot for the most expensive gas prices in North America – beating out other major cities like New York and Los Angeles.
Although gas prices in the province have stabilized and haven’t broken the $1.60/litre mark for quite some time now, rising gas prices are still a major concern for 90% of residents.
Residents in BC are opting to use their vehicle less and less, and are cutting back on the distance they drive. While the reduced use acts as a win for greenhouse emissions, the gas prices are affecting families to the point where some have even changed their vacations plans for the summer.
Among the already-painful prices at the pump and a prominent amount of uncertainty for future prices, more and more British Columbians are starting to look to hybrid or electric vehicles.
Since the start of 2018, more than 2200 hybrid vehicles have reportedly been sold in the province. When comparing sales from 2017 and 2018, hybrid sales have increased by 29% in BC and plug-in hybrid sales have increased by 190%.
So in addition to saving more at the pump (anywhere between $600 to $800 annually, in fact), what’s driving consumers to opt for a hybrid car? Well for many, it’s the fact that they can go further and further for less money.
Daily Hive decided to compare the fuel economy of cars from different companies and their hybrid counterparts to see just how much you can save by switching from gas to a combination of gas/electric.
Here are some comparisons from Fuel Economy’s 2018 Guide showing miles per gallon (MPG – sorry, they still don’t believe in litres or kilometres) estimates in both cities and highways. When choosing the specific configuration of the model, the vehicle with the best MPG was selected for the comparison.
|Manufacturer Model (2018):||Non-hybrid
|Honda Accord||30 / 38||47 / 47|
|Toyota Rav 4||23 / 29||34 / 30|
|Toyota Camry||29 / 41||51 / 53|
|Kia Optima||28 / 37||39 / 46|
|Toyota Highlander||20 / 24||27 / 29|
|Ford Fusion||20 / 27||43 / 41|
While the numbers show that a hybrid takes you further, the more important question is, how much money do you end up saving? From the same guide, here’s a comparison (in US dollars) on just how much you save annually on fuel.
|Manufacturer Model (2018):||Estimated annual fuel cost for a traditional engine||Estimated annual fuel cost for a hybrid|
|Toyota Rav 4||$1,700||$1,350|
*All fuel costs portrayed in the table above are for four-cylinder engines, with the exception of the Toyota Hylander Hybrid which has a six-cylinder.
The data shown above is an estimate based on 15,000 miles of annual travel, divided into 55% city and 45% highway with an average fuel cost.
It’s also important to note that the fuel costs taken for traditional engines are for a four-cylinder engine and an often smaller tank of gas. Moving up to a six-cylinder engine and a larger tank would easily increase the annual cost.
According to Toyota, many hybrid vehicles also often require less maintenance. Some provinces even offer tax rebates for the purchase of hybrid vehicles – BC included.
So with that being said, is a hybrid car on your radar for new vehicles?