It seems like everyone in this day and age is “going green” and it is great to see that a lot of people are interested in taking action too. This is also very evident in the automobile industry as car manufacturers are currently focusing on developing hybrid types of cars. Generally the engines of these vehicles generate fewer emissions, idle less, and are very fuel efficient as well. Other non-environmental advantages include better acceleration, possible tax breaks, higher resale value, and good mileage. So now that we know some advantages of these cars, the question is, how exactly are hybrid vehicles different from the non-hybrid ones?
A hybrid car can be many things but for the most part right now it is a fuel efficient vehicle that has both a gas-powered motor and an electric motor. A gas-powered car has a fuel tank, which supplies gasoline to the engine. The engine then turns a transmission, which turns the wheels. An electric car, on the other hand, has a set of batteries that provides electricity to an electric motor. The motor turns a transmission, and the transmission turns the wheels. Hybrid cars fuse these two features while retaining its best characteristics. The aim of this fusion is for the electric engine to power the car at slower speeds and the gas engine at higher speeds. Because of this, some would consider a hybrid as a compromise as it attempts to significantly increase the mileage and reduce the emissions of a gas-powered car while overcoming the shortcomings of an electric car.
To delve deeper into terms, hybrid vehicles are called hybrids because they use both a small internal combustion engine and an electric motor to obtain maximum power and fuel economy with minimum emissions. Different car manufacturers design these features in their own way and it varies from one model to another. As a matter of fact, most automobile manufacturers today have announced plans to manufacture their own versions.
Gasoline hybrids are the most common type you’ll find at your local car dealership but technically speaking, any vehicle that combines two or more sources of power that can directly or indirectly provide propulsion power can be considered a hybrid. Most hybrid cars on the road right now are gasoline-electric hybrids, although some manufacturers also offer a promising two diesel-electric hybrid type.
In summary, hybrid cars are fuel efficient and green-friendly vehicles. It conserves energy and runs cleaner which benefits the environment. In addition, it is an excellent investment as mileage is good and resale value is generally higher. There are a lot of different types offered by different car manufacturers, and a perfect one for you would depend on your lifestyle, gas consumption, and intended extent/duration of use of the vehicle. You can visit a nearby new car dealership or car manufacturer today to find out more.