Hybrid Cars are no longer showcased as concept models in auto-shows and they are definitely not confined to the testing laboratories. These vehicles are already out on the roads and they are proving out to be quite a refreshing change.

Hybrid Cars represent the idea behind reducing emissions, concentrating on alternative sources of energy and increasing the fuel efficiency in vehicles. The most common Hybrids these days usually host two types of engines; a gasoline internal combustion engine and one or more electric motors. Additionally, these vehicles also host Regenerative Braking Systems that convert kinetic energy produced by braking into electrical energy that is utilized to power the vehicle as well as the on-board electronics.


The term Hybrid Vehicle however represents any type of vehicle that is powered by two or more distinct sources.

It is a fact that Hybrid Cars are up to 40% more fuel efficient than normal vehicles and produce 60% lesser emissions as well. If you buy a hybrid vehicle, you not only do good for your pocket but also for the environment. The US Government recently announced added incentives and tax benefits for hybrid car owners to popularize this concept.

Hybrid Cars depend on two entirely different types of engines that complement each other to automatically regulate the fuel consumption and power output of the vehicle depending on its speed. The electric motor works when the vehicle is traveling at lower speeds or stationary e.g. in traffic jams whereas the gasoline engine kicks in when the speeds reaches in excess of 40 mph to provide the extra power needed. The internal combustion engine is powered by gasoline and while it is running, the electric motor and other electricity storage equipment get charged and ready to take over when the speed drops.