January 28, 2021
Modo Ambassador Yasmine Hardcastle shares why she loves driving Modo’s diverse fleet, and opts for our hybrid vehicles whenever possible!
One of my favourite things about being a Modo member is that our fleet consists of roughly 25% hybrid or electric vehicles. There are two right near my home in Port Moody and the ability to get out and drive in the last year has been a sanity-saver in a year where things have been tough for everyone.
1. You feel good about driving it.
Hybrid vehicles use less fuel consumption and have lower CO2 emissions. While the joy I get from driving one comes from a more practical place, the fact that the car(s) I choose are helping the environment makes me feel good.
2. Blissful quiet.
As a still new-ish adult driver, I’m a) still sorting out what car model I prefer driving; and b) the only noise I want while I’m driving is the radio. The engines in the red Prius and the blue RAV-4 that I love to drive are so quiet. It makes for a peaceful and very zen driving experience — which I really needed this past year.
3. No stress about filling up the tank.
Confession: I’ve only used a gas pump maybe five times in my driving life (I think that my Modo car use has been 90% hybrid since I became a member). That is the brilliant thing about a hybrid engine — the way it recharges itself means drivers can focus on the tasks at hand. Like personal or work errands. Or getting groceries for your parents who went on a vacation in February 2020 and came home to pandemic quarantine in March. Eek.
4. It’s the exact same as a “regular” car — but better.
I think that when hybrids first came onto the market, people may have thought they had to compromise overall style and functionality, and maybe pay more in order to drive a car that’s better for our planet. This is not true.
5. A hybrid is a perfect car for new drivers.
Whether you’ve just gotten your L or are coming back to driving as an adult, I personally think a hybrid is the ideal car for a new driver to earn their driving stripes. Specifically because of #s 2 and 3.
These are my favourite hybrid vehicles from the Modo fleet:
● Hyundai NEXO (Vancouver)
● Toyota Prius (Victoria) — The car I passed my road test in!
● Toyota Prius (Port Moody)
● Toyota RAV-4 (Port Moody)
I’ve also shared some tips for New Driver Modo members on the blog here. Happy driving!