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?
Is a Hybrid Right for Me?
How Does My Present Car Measure Up to a Hybrid?
- 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. .
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How Many Trees Are Needed to Offset Your Driving?
BUYER'S GUIDE TO HYBRIDS
- Figure out how many pounds of emissions your car produces per gallon, including how many trees it will take to offset just one month of your driving using this cool calculator at TravelMatters.
Get the facts and figures on currently available hybrids:
Green Your Existing Car
If you're not driving a hybrid, you can still make a positive difference to the environment. How you drive and how well you maintain your vehicle can all help.
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THE BEST HYBRID CARS LINKS
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.Howstuffworks.com
provides detailed information about how hybrid cars work.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.Electric Drive Transportation Association
works to advance the commercialization of electric vehicles. Site provides resource links, events, emissions and environmental information, and more.