They might seem like something from the future, but hybrid cars have been on the road for over 20 years. Have you ever imagined yourself driving one?
If you’re considering a more fuel-efficient car but aren’t ready to commit to full electric, a hybrid vehicle may be the right option for you.
Before you decide to buy one, let’s take a look at how they work.
How does a hybrid car work?
Hybrid cars are powered by both an electric motor and a gasoline-powered internal combustion engine. Car companies combine these two energy sources for different goals depending on the type of hybrid.
What are the different types of hybrid cars?
There are several types of hybrid cars, but most fall into three categories:
- Parallel hybrid cars feature an electric motor and gasoline engine that are connected to blend both power sources.
- Series hybrid cars use an electric motor to provide thrust. The gasoline engine is only used to recharge the battery.
- Plug-in hybrid cars utilize large battery packs and require charging from an external source. They can cover short distances without relying on gasoline, then function like a parallel hybrid.
Do hybrid cars require special care?
Hybrid cars are often highly reliable and require little additional maintenance. Compared to a traditional vehicle, battery care would be the most significant difference. But recommended checkups and maintenance will vary depending on the make and model.
What are the pros and cons of a hybrid vehicle?
Hybrid vehicles produce fewer emissions, get better gas mileage and could qualify you for tax benefits. The initial price tag is higher, however.
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