A hybrid car may also be a good compromise for those who are interested but not quite ready for a fully electric car.

 

Hybrid cars have been on roads since the late 1990s, yet they remain something of a mystery. As the hybrid car becomes more common, interest is undoubtedly growing. One of the most common questions on the minds of today’s car enthusiasts is how a hybrid car really works!

From the workings of the hybrid engine to the process of charging a hybrid car, we aim to clear any doubts you might have about the hybrid vehicle.

Well, hybrid cars feature a petrol or diesel engine, an electric motor and a small battery pack. This battery pack is powered by the engine as well and kinetic energy that is recuperated when the car is in motion, particularly when slowing down and braking. This is sometimes referred to as “self-charging”. Once the car starts to accelerate again, the electric motor is powered by electricity form the batteries, helping the car gain speed. When there’s enough charge in the battery pack, many hybrid cars can pull away using electricity only.

Indeed these hybrid cars can travel for distances without using any fuel at all. One of the main advantages of a hybrid car therefore, is that it improves fuel economy as well as reducing overall emissions, saving the environment and the owner’s money! The effectiveness of the hybrid car is enhanced in urban areas where traffic jams are common and air pollution a real problem.

Since the vast majority of hybrid vehicles are automatics, owners who choose the hybrid car find it often a smooth driving experience with little in the way of noise. A hybrid car may also be a good compromise for those who are interested but not quite ready for a fully electric car, particularly because a hybrid car doesn’t need to be charged.