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An Insight into the Principle of Hybrid Cars


Which car would you like to go for if you are planning to buy one? Is it going to be Toyota’s Prius, Ford’s Fusion, Chevrolet’s Volt, or Porsche’s Cayenne? When I mention all these cars, I would like you to notice that all of them have something in common. Let me tell you what that common feature is. Each of these cars has a hybrid power train, which is nothing but a propulsion system that is quite famous because of the Prius.

From a consumer’s point of view, the feature provides automakers with a means of meeting the ever-tightening CAFE (an acronym for Corporate Average Fuel Economy) requirements. It also supports them to meet the anticipated limits of CO2 discharge. In case we dig deep into the history of hybrid cars, we figure out that the market of the United States of America (USA) has been hosting them since 1999. In fact, people have been looking for fuel-efficient cars, provided they are affordable.

What is Hybrid?

You must be wondering what exactly Hybrid in terms of cars is. Well, it’s nothing but a technology that utilizes more than one form of fuel or energy for propulsion. If a car utilizes two or more forms of energy for propulsion, then it is a Hybrid Car. More precisely, the car will have a traditional fuel tank and an internal combustion engine along with a battery pack associated with multiple electric motors.

The Principle of Hybrid Cars

The term Hybrid Cars is often confused with Electric cars due to the inability of individuals to interpret the difference between the operating principles of both. Let me tell you that Hybrid Cars, mostly, are machines that burn gasoline and utilize electric bits in order to collect and recycle energy, which the standard cars do not use at all. If we talk about practicality and fuel efficiency, a Diesel-Electric hybrid car is way too much efficient. However, the combination of hybrid system and Diesel Engine is quite costly.

Remember: Not all hybrids operate the same way since they do not possess hybrid attributes in similar standards. Instead, it’s the layout system that counts.

Below are various hybrid layout systems:

Series Hybrids

Being the first-ever hybrid type, these cars utilize ship, and locomotive a layout that was founded in the previous century. This hybrid type must have large motors installed since the motors turn the drive wheels. However, this is not a pure electric type of vehicle, as it burns the fuel because of a dedicated engine. The electricity onboard is produced by the engine that powers the generator.

Parallel Hybrids

These are the least expensive hybrid variants used in automotives. The engine’s output is blended together with the electric motor, upstream of the transmission, thereby propelling the vehicle after the engine dominates. The installation of the electric motor displays an additional cost, which may be adjusted later because it may be the only source of propulsion of the vehicle, when we talk about short distances.

Hybrids using Start/Stop Systems

This is another class of vehicles inspired by hybrids available in the market, which utilizes the start and stop system. Practically, these systems are ideal for hybrids, whereas these vehicles are not pure hybrids because they do not utilize the hybrid principle, i.e. the mechanism based on two or more power sources. In fact, they are preferably called micro-hybrids. A beefed-up starter motor in combination with a capacitor or battery is used for the start/stop functionality.

Well, you may not find your car running non-stop; it may ditch you anytime. An assurance of roadside assistance can be of a great help, irrespective of your geographical location. For assured assistance, make sure you have a valid insurance cover. Do compare insurance quotes online to get the best deal on insurance.


Even though hybrid cars are recommended over conventional petrol or diesel cars, they do cost you an additional amount of money. Since you cannot overlook the cost always, it’s therefore your decision which car you would like to purchase or afford, in particular.


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