Hybrids–Everything You Need to Know

Everybody’s talking about them, many people are buying them, most of us know they’re good for the environment. If you want the real 411 on hybrids, check out this great webpage, with easy-to-understand definitions, quizzes, calculators, model information and much, much more.

Hybrid Cars FAQ page

By the Care2 Staff.

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Dave C.
Dave C.3 years ago


Heidi H.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you.

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Thanks Annie.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Philippa P.
Philippa P.5 years ago

Great article!

Julie F.
Julie F.5 years ago


Ali O.
Ali O.5 years ago

Thank you so much!

Kristen R.
Kristen R.5 years ago

Thanks for the link. I am considering buying a hybrid in the next year or two and appreciate having as much information as I can get. Now if only the prices would come down :-(

Eli Is Here
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks Annie!!

Patrick Malone
Past Member 7 years ago

This FAQ page isn't just exactly accurate. I was a nuclear engineer in the Navy for 6 years, and have since moved on in the civilian world to work in the energy sector.

A fully plug-in electric car is actually worse for the environment and the conservation of fossil fuel materials (better saved for the organic chemistry we rely on in foods, medicines, and materials no longer suitable for wood, tin, and glass). People forget that the bulk of that electricity comes from burning fossil fuel materials in a power station miles away - this means a total of more than 75% drop in energy efficiency (or more burnt than if it was simply in the engine of your car). Hybrids are nice, and getting better, but please do not misrepresent the essential facts - the force required to turn a generator comes from somewhere. There is no "free energy" as it would seem when others use statements like "...energy from braking." The energy used to accelerate a vehicle to a speed that later makes breaking necessary is the energy that may become what is later stored in a battery. While it is true that this does lead to greater efficiency - its primary use is for those who would otherwise lose efficiency in stop/go traffic (where their engines spend a great deal of time idling or engaged in chronic accelerate/decelerate). The very best hybrids of today still do not achieve the 55 mpg of a well-maintained 1991 Honda CRX. Sometimes all you get with hype … is hype.