What is a Hybrid Car?
If you're considering the purchase of a new car, you may wonder about the differences between a conventional vehicle and a hybrid car.
The biggest differences you'll find among conventional and hybrid cars are located in the vehicle's drive train. In a hybrid vehicle, extra equipment and controls are needed to manage the switch from electric to gasoline power and vice versa, engage the hybrid system for a boost of energy when needed, recapture energy that would otherwise be lost during braking, recharge the batteries, and restart the internal combustion engine after a period of idling. Additional power management may also be needed to control the flow of electricity to the vehicle's accessories and other electrical devices.
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True hybrid vehicles get better fuel economy in the city, where drivers make more short trips and do much more stop-and-start driving. Hybrid systems excel at providing fuel economy under these circumstances, whereas conventional vehicles tend to fare better on the highway, where road and traffic conditions don't require the driver to adjust the vehicle's speed frequently. If most of your driving is done in the city, you'll tend to benefit more from a hybrid vehicle than a conventional one.
If you want to learn more about hybrid and electric vehicles here are some resources you may be interested in: