Did You Know…? How Hybrid Cars Work

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After Monday’s > Top 10 Fuel Efficient Cars” href=”/?p=164″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>list of the Top 10 Fuel Efficient Cars, we realized that many people are still unsure about the reliability, and the inner workings of new hybrid cars. So today, we have a quick explanation about how hybrids work. Under the hood, there is a standard gasoline engine (like any other car), but also a battery-powered electric motor. The battery is recharged by either the gas engine, or a generator attached to the brakes that turns heat into electricity. The electric motor is used in low power situations, like traffic jams or red lights, but switches over automatically to the gas engine in high power situations, like for accelerating or maintaining highway speeds. Most of the cars we featured on our list are “Full-Court Hybrids”, which take full advantage of the dual-engines, while other hybrids such as the Chevrolet Malibu are known as “Half-Court Mild Hybrids”, with less efficiency among their twin engines. As far as reliability goes, 95% of Toyota Prius owners said they would buy another one, and other reports show a high degree of customer satisfaction. 


Hybrid information courtesy of LiveScience, and photo courtesy of Holamun.

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