Discovering the Benefits of Hybrid Cars
Whether you already own a hybrid car or are considering buying one it's important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of this friendly automotive choice. Let's delve into the workings of hybrid cars and how they can transform your driving experience.
What Makes a Car Hybrid?
Hybrid vehicles (HEVs) typically combine two types of propulsion systems; a motor powered by a rechargeable battery pack and an internal combustion engine (ICE) that usually runs on gasoline. The electric motor(s) fueled by the voltage battery pack propel the car at speeds while the combustion engine provides additional power, for higher velocities. Electric, hybrid and conventional gasoline vehicles have their characteristics and it's the integration of electric motor(s) with an ICE that sets hybrids apart.
There are differences between plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and HEVs. HEVs generally use both an ICE and a high voltage electric drive system for propulsion and the battery is replenished through braking.
On the other hand, plug-in vehicles (PHEVs) have a battery pack that can be refueled by connecting a charging cable to an external electric power source. The mechanism used by PHEVs involves utilizing the larger battery, for electric mode until a significant portion of the charge is depleted. After that, it switches to hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) mode using the remaining battery charge - the internal combustion engine (ICE) or a combination of both.
As manufacturing costs decrease and accessibility to hybrid cars has improved, becoming more common and more within the reach for drivers. To help you develop a better understanding of this category of vehicles, we’ve listed some of the top benefits of owning a hybrid car.