What's a Hybrid Car?
Hybrids are cars that run off a rechargeable battery and gasoline, rather than just gasoline.
Hybrid batteries help to reduce fuel emissions because the hybrid engine draws on the battery and not gasoline when accelerating. Hybrid gasoline motors can shut off when the car is stopped and run off their electricity.
Why are Hybrid Cars a Good Idea?
Hybrid cars are good for the environment. They can reduce smog by 90 percent and they use far less gasoline than conventional cars.
Hybrid cars are economical. They can get up to 55 to 60 mpg in city driving, while a typical SUV might travel 15-20 miles per gallon, or use three times as much gas for the same distance!
Hybrids are better than all-electric cars because hybrid car batteries recharge as you drive so there is no need to plug in. Also, most electric cars cannot go faster than 50-60 mph, while hybrids can. Most electric cars need to be recharged every 50-100miles. .
HybridCars.com The site started in late 2003 to share news and information about hybrid cars and their impact. The site distributes a monthly email newsletter, host an online discussion forum, and publish writings from a small group of bloggers. The site offers a downloadable eBook called An Insider's Look at Hybrid Cars.
GreenerCars.Com The Green Book ranks all cars and trucks according to environmental friendliness. Visit the site to compare cars, vans, pickups, and SUVs by their environmental impacts on air pollution and global warming and learn which vehicles are the "greenest" and the "meanest."
EVWorld.com The EAA is a non-profit educational organization that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles. Check out their newsletter, links to EV resources and local chapters, sales, and EV owners nationwide.
The Office of Transportation Technologies program in the U.S. government provides unbiased information about alternative fuel and advanced transportation technologies. Includes general information about many alternative vehicles, including hybrids, as well as performance reports and other research.