Hybrid Cars: Easy on the Wallet at the Pump

Hybrid vehicles are vehicles that have two or more power sources in the drivetrain.  The three types of drivetrains are parallel hybrid, series hybrid, and power-split or series-parallel hybrid.  Parallel hybrid systems have an internal combustion engine and an electric motor connected to the mechanical transmission.  The Honda Insight is a parallel hybrid; its engine is more mechanically complex than a series hybrid engine.  Modern series hybrids have electric traction only, combustion engine, a generator, a battery bank, and a regenerative braking.  The Chevrolet Volt is an example of a plug-in series hybrid.  The power-split or series-parallel hybrid has power-split devices, allowing for power paths from the engine to the wheel that can be either mechanical or technical.  The popular Toyota Prius is an example of a power-split or series parallel hybrid.

Although hybrid vehicle technology dates back to the late 1800s, some varieties of hybrid technology we see in today's vehicles date back only as early as the mid-9170s.Whether the vehicle is a full hybrid, mild hybrid, or a plug-in hybrid, they are all fuel efficient cars that better our planet.  The most popular type is the full hybrid, such as the Prius, because you don’t have to worry about finding a recharging station to plug in your car.  Gas prices are on the rise in California and with all the commuting that is done, hybrid cars are a great economic and environmental choice.

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Taylor P.



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One Response to “Hybrid Cars: Easy on the Wallet at the Pump”

  1. debtpay1 Says:

    Hybrid cars are an amazing invention to save our planet. More people ought to support these cars more as we can all benefit from driving them. We need to think about our planet more not just for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren.

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