Other research, from Emissions Analytics, found that the impact of air conditioning on hybrid fuel economy was almost twice as great.
Fuel efficiency has dropped by 6.1% on average in a hybrid car, compared to just 3.8% for a standard petrol car and 4.6% for a diesel.
Mr Evans went on to say: “While the 45mph line is a good guide, things get a bit tricky when you are in bumper to bumper traffic.
“In these situations, it’s probably best to avoid using the air conditioning or opening your windows.
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