Hybrid cars have gained increased popularity recently, especially during the last several years. Since more and more renowned carmakers tend to produce either hybrid or fully electric vehicles, it is not surprising that some customers tend to favor such cars over the ordinary gasoline ones. Despite that, the overall percentage of hybrid and electric cars on the market remains relatively small.
In fact, there are two main reasons why some consumers are switching to hybrid and electric vehicles. First of all, it is the impact of gasoline cars on the environment – many conscious consumers would prefer to drive something less harmful to the environment. Secondly, some consumers tend to take advantage of lower tariffs and other benefits, which governments of different countries provide for purchasing electric or hybrid, not gasoline, vehicles.
Unlike electric and gasoline cars, however, hybrid cars have two motors: one is gasoline and the other is electric. As these two motors work together, they may reduce the negative environmental impact by utilizing smaller engines and improving the overall performance. There are, however, many myths regarding hybrid cars, and it is worth to debunk them in this article.
Many people assume that hybrid cars are destined only for driving within cities. And while, yes, their potential is best unleashed in the cities, driving a hybrid car on a highway is not that horrible, either. The aerodymanics of certain hybrid cars allows them to run long distances at highway speeds while remaining pretty fuel-efficient.
Another common myth about hybrid cars is the costs you will face when you will have to replace the battery. There is a stereotype that the batteries may die pretty fast and, thus, you will have to pay enormous costs to replace it. First of all, electric batteries in the hybrid cars are no longer unreliable – in fact, many of them do last extremely long. But another important factor is that it doesn’t cost a lot of dough to replace the battery anymore – and the battery prices keep lowering down!
Not surprisingly, though, that many beginner drivers tend to buy hybrid cars – they are much easier to drive. To start with, many hybrid cars use the automatic transmission. Besides, some hybrid cars from Lexus or Toyota will not even force you to deal with gears. Yet, if you can’t live without changing gear on your own, perhaps hybrid cars are not your cup of tea.
After all, it is worth to note that there are three different types of hybrid cars (in addition to the full hybrid vehicles) you should be aware about. And if you intend to buy a hybrid anytime soon, you should definitely understand the differences between them.
Series Hybrid Cars
In such cars, the electric motor deals with all the driving, while the gasoline engine is used only to recharge the battery pack. So, when a driver starts the engine, the power goes from the battery to the electric motor, which, in turn, turns the wheels on. However, the gasoline engine also provides power on longer trips (more than 60 kilometers). Yet, such cars tend to be the most expensive among hybrids.
Parallel Hybrid Cars
These hybrid cars utilize both the electric and gasoline motors to power the car at the same time. And you should definitely go for such a car, if you tend to travel long distances – they are more suitable for this purpose. Toyota Prius is a bright example of a parallel hybrid vehicle.
Mild Hybrid Cars
These are the least expensive hybrid cars, yet the least efficient. Its electric motor doesn’t power the car on its own, but rather assists the gasoline engine when the car needs more power. The car cannot run on its electric motor only.