Hybrid cars are becoming more and more popular all around the globe as people are becoming more inclined to commit themselves to green, sustainable energy. Hybrid cars are one of the best ways they can do that. They are rising in availability, increasing in efficiency, and falling in cost. Mules better watch out, because there is a new type of hybrid rolling into town.
What Exactly is a Hybrid Car?
It is as simple as it sounds. A hybrid car uses not just a single power source like a standard car, but two. The two sources of power most commonly combined together are those of the internal combustion engine, and the electric motor. These types of vehicles are usually referred to as HEVs, or hybrid electric vehicles. They are popular because they combine the efficiency and renewable energy of a strictly electrical engine, with the power of a traditional internal combustion engine.
Not Just for Cars
Cars are not the only type of hybrid vehicle out there. In fact, cars are rather later adopters of hybrid technology. Hybrid electric bicycles have been around for a very long time. They are perfect candidates for hybrid power because their light weight frame can be easily propelled by a small electric engine. Additional electric power can even be generated by riders pedaling. Hybrid trains have long been popular. Many electric trains use diesel engines, to power electric generators, which then drive the train forward.
The Future of Hybrids
Hybrids are here to stay. It is likely they may even drive traditional vehicles out of the market in the long run. As hybrid technology moves forward, these vehicles will become more cost effective to manufacture, produce, and run. The day when hybrid cars rule the streets is still a ways off, however, so enjoy gassing up while you can!