What is a Hybrid Car?

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Gas prices are going up without any signs of relief. So, it’s no surprise that so many Peoria drivers are seeking out the benefits of a hybrid car, meaning they looking for ways to make fewer stops at the gas pump. But what is a hybrid car? A good hybrid car definition would be “an automobile which uses an electric motor to aid the combustion engine and increase fuel efficiency.” How does a hybrid car like theFord Escape Hybrid differ from an electric vehicle like theFord Mustang Mach-E? Get more information today with Mike Murphy Ford!

Hybrid Car Definition

So, what is a hybrid car? The above hybrid car definition mentions both an electric motor and a combustion engine. Both of those elements will always be found under the hood of a hybrid car, meaning that the vehicle is powered by a blend of gasoline and electricity. There are different types of hybrid cars, but they all feature a combination of an electric motor and gas engine. That’s different from an electric vehicle (EV), which is run entirely by an electric motor.

Categories of Hybrid Cars

There is more than one type of hybrid car, meaning these vehicles differ in how the electric motor works with the combustion engine and how the electric motor is charged:

  • Series Hybrid – In this type of hybrid, power flows from the gas engine to the electric motor, which moves the wheels. This type of hybrid isn’t all that common anymore.
  • Parallel Hybrid – In this type of hybrid, both the gas engine and electric motor directly power the wheels. This is the more common type of hybrid.
  • Plug-In Hybrid – This is basically a type of parallel hybrid car, meaning that the main difference is an extra power back that extends the electric range of the car, increases fuel efficiency, and allows the vehicle to run for a short distance in electric-only mode. And, as the name suggests, these cars can be plugged in to charge. They also offer even better gas mileage, making for the most economical East Peoria commute.

What is a Hybrid Car Good For?

The benefits of hybrid cars are obvious. They use far less gas, some plug-ins getting the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon. But that also means they expel far fewer emissions than conventional gas engine cars, which is better for the environment.

Which Ford Vehicles are Hybrid?

Ford offers hybrid versions of many of their most popular vehicles, including their pickups. Here’s a list of the current lineup:

Come See the Hybrid Vehicles at Mike Murphy Ford

Why not test drive the quality Ford hybrid vehicles on our lot and see for yourself how well they perform? If you’d like to learn more, check out these posts on thebenefits of electric cars and thepros and cons of hybrid vehicles. We’re conveniently located near Pekin and we’d love to get you behind the wheel of your next car. So, drop by or contact us today.

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