Understanding All There Is to Hybrid Cars

cvcevwvweNo one would have thought that a Ford Fusion and a Toyoda Prius would have anything in common, or what about a Chevrolet and Ford Fusion, or even a Porsche Cayenne. Yet, today, we see each of these cars mentioned, offers a hybrid powertrain option release. A hybrid powertrain is a type of thrust system that has been made popular by the Prius. With this, car owners can gain a lot of leverage from the superior fuel economy it can provide.

Hybrids require automakers to meet a greater CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy), plus, they gain further limits on CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. Since late 1999, hybrids have been sold in the United States. Because of this, the want and need for hybrids have grown tremendously as more people are searching for cars that are fuel-efficient and cost-effective.

  • What are hybrid cars?
  • How do they play a role in the fuel economy?
  • Do all hybrids consist of the same layout under the hood?
  • Can all hybrids produce the same amount of fuel consumption?

Continue reading to find out.

Defining Hybrids

A vehicle falls under a hybrid if it consists of more than one type of energy that can be used to gain thrust. In tradition, a long-established internal-combustion engine is found in a hybrid. Additionally, it also includes a battery pack, one or many electric motors, and a fuel tank.

Electric vehicles and hybrids have been confused with each other many, many times.

Hybrid cars are specially designed cars that use energy that normally goes to waste in normal vehicles using their electric bits. A hybrid is mostly manufactured as gasoline-burning machines.

Hybrid Car Glossary

Here are a few terms that are used when referring to hybrid cars.


Motor-generator is a more popularly used term to describe an electric motor. Motor-generators give the hybrid that extra oomph (acceleration) when it operates like a motor using the battery to draw electricity. A lot of different hybrids have two or three models to gain more power.


This is found on all hybrids. A cars traditional starter motor is not found on a hybrid because the motor-generator also fulfills this function. Hybrid-control software consists of many different functions that add to its performance. For example, it turns off the hybrid’s engine when it stops at stop lights and then starts it again as soon as the driver releases the brake pedal. It does so using its electric motor.

Regenerative braking

Regenerative braking is very important when it comes down to the motor-generator. It generates electricity which in return recharges the hybrid’s battery. This is done by absorbing a part of the car’s momentum when it is coasting downhill or when it is slowing down. Normal vehicle loses this extra momentum as heat in their brakes.

Electric drive

If the hybrid has enough electrical capacity, there would be no need for any other power expect the electric power when operating the car. The distance that electric-only operated cars can travel and their maximum speed depends on a lot of different variables. These variables include the battery capacity more than anything else, the strength of the motor-generator, weight, aerodynamics of the car, and the time it takes to get from 0 to a few miles.

Hybrid layouts

Every hybrid differs from one another; they also do not operate in the same way. It all depends on the different sort of layout.

Series hybrids

This is one of the oldest types of hybrids. Ships and locomotives diesel-electric use this layout created in the last century. In hybrid cars included in a series, the electric motors alone turn the wheels of the car.

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