MORE ABOUT HYBRID ENGINES How Hybrids Save Energy and Gasoline:
Hybrid engines are much smaller than those on conventional cars. A hybrid car engine is built small to accommodate the 99% of driving time when a car is not going up hills or accelerating quickly. When extra acceleration power is needed, it relies on the battery to provide additional force.
Hybrid gasoline motors can shut off when the car is stopped and run off their electric motor and battery.
Hybrid cars are lighter, which their tires create half the drag of conventional cars because they are stiffer and inflated to a higher pressure.
Hybrid cars often recover braking energy. Electric hybrid motors take the kinetic energy lost in braking and use it to charge the battery.
Hybrid cars are often more aerodynamic, reducing wind resistance.
Hybrids burn less gasoline per mile, so they release much less pollution and fewer greenhouse gases.
Why Hybrid and Not All-Electric?
Most electric cars cannot go faster than 50-60 mph, and need to be recharged every 50-100 miles. Hybrids bridge the gap between electric and gasoline-powered cars by traveling further and driving faster.