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Hybrids–Everything You Need to Know

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

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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5:17PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

thanks.....

4:44AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Thank you.

12:03PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Thanks Annie.

5:51AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:13PM PDT on Jul 29, 2010

Great article!

6:25PM PDT on Jul 11, 2010

thanks

7:48PM PDT on Apr 18, 2010

Thank you so much!

11:42AM PDT on Apr 18, 2010

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 :-(

4:00AM PST on Jan 10, 2010

Thanks Annie!!

5:59PM PST on Jan 3, 2008

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.

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