Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid vehicles merge the advantages of electric motors and gasoline engines and can be organized to achieve various goals like enhanced power, increased fuel efficiency and extra auxiliary power for power tools and electronic devices.

How Do They Work?

Such vehicles make use of a Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) aboard and a fuel-based source of power for the propulsion of the vehicle. So, they utilize less fuel when compared to their counterparts and also generate reduced emissions. The battery recharging in hybrid vehicles takes place by capturing kinetic energy via regenerative braking.

Few hybrid vehicles make use of the combustion engine for producing electricity by rotating a generator for recharging the battery or feeding power directly to an electric motor. This happens when cruising or when only a light thrust is required in some situations.

Types of Hybrid Cars

Few of the types of hybrid vehicles offered in the market today are –

  • Full hybrids,
  • Plug-in hybrids,
  • Mild hybrids, and
  • Performance hybrids.

Today, many automakers forecast the hybrid segment to be the main category of the future vehicle market.