Looking for great fuel efficiency and a cleaner way to travel? Our new petrol electric hybrid advanced driving system helps to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. With Suzuki, going hybrid doesn’t mean you’ll be skimping on performance – quite the opposite. Our hybrid systems are light and compact, and when combined with a lightweight chassis and responsive efficient petrol engine, this means you can expect nimble performance as well as improved efficiency.
So, there’s a few different electric and hybrid systems out there, and we want to explain the benefits to help you make the choice that’s right for you.
Identifying Your Hybrid
All hybrids have a conventional petrol or diesel engine, as well as an electric motor that is powered by an additional battery. The electric motor works together with the petrol or diesel engine to help use less fuel.
Some hybrids have large batteries that you plug in to charge and can travel several miles using only the electric motor. These are known as plug-in hybrids.
Other hybrids have batteries that are charged only by recovering energy that would normally be lost during braking and deceleration, and do not need to be plugged in to charge. These are self-charging hybrids and it’s this kind that Suzuki is using.
How does Suzuki HYBRID work?
It’s simple really. Our HYBRID system uses an electric motor called an integrated starter generator (ISG) that works alongside your car’s petrol engine to help improve its efficiency. The ISG is powered by an extra battery that is charged as the car decelerates and brakes.
The extra battery has several other benefits. It helps power all the additional electrical systems like safety features, air conditioning, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity to name a few. And that’s not including all the electrical components that help the car to move. So, having an extra battery helps power your car and relieves some of the load on the standard 12-volt battery.
What it means for you.
The big plus of the Suzuki HYBRID system is that it can lead to a significant improvement in your car’s efficiency, as much as a 15% boost to fuel economy and a 25% reduction of CO2 emissions, based on the official WLTP combined fuel consumption figures, compared to previous non-hybrid Suzuki petrol models.