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.
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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