Do you own a Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid or PHEV?
Well, if you own either of these then it was probably for two reasons – to save money, or to help the environement. With the innovative chaps over at K&N, there is yet another way to do both. As we already know, K&N air filters exceed the lifespan of the standard OEM paper filter by as much as 30 times. But why is that important? Well, have a look below where we will outline what you have to gain from using one of their great products.
If everyone with a Hybrid were to replace and discard their air filters at the intervals recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, usually about 30,000 miles, it would add 1.6 million dirty, oily, non-recyclable air filters to landfills across the country.
K&N air filters and cabin air filters feature a 10-Year/Million Mile Limited Warranty, and require only simple, do-it-yourself cleaning after each 100,000 miles of travel. Best of all, a K&N air filter will cost you slightly more than an OEM paper filter, a great deal as they’re warrantied to last about 30 times longer.
How is this possible? Unlike paper air filters, which have a short service life due to their tendency to “surface load” (i.e. collect all dust and dirt on the outside surface so they quickly become inefficient), K&N Filters are designed to “depth load” in other words they use the entire depth of the filter to scrub the air going into your engine. K&N replacement air filters are manufactured with several layers of cotton filter material that’s been made tacky by an application of special filter oil. The oiled cotton filter creates a maze for dust, dirt, and debris, but that allows air to flow freely though the filter media. The contaminants are captured through the application of three scientific principles. The first of these is interception, where the larger particles stick to the fibers, the filter oil acting as an adhesive.
The second is impaction, where heavier particles are captured when they break off from the air stream and run straight into the fibers. Small particles do not follow the air stream, but rather tumble along randomly and collide with the filter’s fibers. This phenomenon, called diffusion, enables a K&N air filter to capture dirt particles much smaller than the openings in the filter media itself.
If any single vehicle is responsible for the popularity of hybrid vehicles, it’s the Toyota Prius. First introduced back in 1998, it’s consistently been at the top of the charts.
- 2016 – 2017 Toyota Prius 1.8L: 33-2485
- 2012 – 2017 Toyota Prius V: 33-2435
- 2012 – 2016 Toyota Prius C: 33-2485
- 2010 – 2015 Toyota Prius 1.8L: 33-2435
- 2004 – 2009 Toyota Prius 1.5L: 33-2329
- 1998 – 2003 Toyota Prius 1.5L: 33-2186
Ford Fusion Hybrid
You may be surprised to learn that the second most popular hybrid vehicle, based on year-to-date sales data, is the Ford Fusion Hybrid. It’s a roomy four-door sedan available with a staggering array of features including warnings that you’re drifting out of your lane and it will even parallel park itself for you. Available since the 2010 model year, it’s received several major awards from top automotive magazines.
- 2012 – 2017 2.0L Ford Fusion Hybrid: 33-5001
- 2010 – 2011 2.5L Ford Fusion Hybrid: 33-2357
- 2010 – 2011 2.5L Ford Fusion Hybrid: 33-2357
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The hybrid version of the popular Toyota Rav4 was introduced as recently as the 2015 model year, but proved to be so popular with hybrid buyers that it challenged the supremacy of the Prius on the Toyota showroom floor.
- 2015 – 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: 33-2435
Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford developed the C-Max Hybrid with the goal of becoming “America’s most affordable hybrid utility vehicle.” The five-door MPV offers decent cargo space, particularly when the third row of seats are folded flat. Taking the eco theme further, the fabrics used in the SE version of the C-Max Hybrid are from recycled and renewable resources.
- 2013 – 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid: 33-5001
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
With all the smoke (excuse the pun) surrounding the diesel engine debacle, many have lost sight of the fact that Volkswagen produced a Jetta Hybrid since 2013. Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to the Jetta Hybrid as VW is cancelling the model for 2017. We know there’s still plenty on the road, so here’s the down and dirty on a cleaner filter.
- 2013 – 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: 33-3004
You can view all of our K&N filters HERE, and an array of cleaning/servicing essentials HERE. You can use our handy look up guide HERE to find the correct K&N filter for your vehicle. Don’t forget, you can get 10% off everything that you see with the discount code OPIEBLOG.
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Until next time!