A lot of people have heard the terms “hybrid car” and “Prius,” but don’t know exactly what it means. What is the huge craze with hybrid cars? Why are they so beneficial, but so expensive? But most importantly, how do they work?
Benefits of Hybrid Cars
Hybrid cars use a combination of 2 motors to power the car-an electric battery motor and the standard gas engine. When pulling away from a stop, the electric motor powers the car, using energy from the battery at speeds up to 15 mph. Any cruising speed over that is used by the gasoline engine that normal cars use. While it may not seem like much of a difference, when you consider traffic, stop signs and red lights, the battery power from a hybrid car can save you hundreds of dollars each year on gas money not being wasted in stop-and-go movements.
Types of Hybrid Cars
Depending on the type of hybrid car you get, you could save up to 30 miles per gallon. Some hybrid cars have rechargeable batteries and have a plug that has to be connected to specific outposts to recharge. These are not quite as popular since the invention of newer models that combine electricity and gas, or natural gas and propane. If you have ever been to an IKEA, they have plug-in stations for the rechargeable electric cars.
Whether you are looking to save money or save the planet by lowering greenhouse gases emitted from your gas-guzzling car, hybrid cars are advantageous. If you need hybrid car battery repair or replacement in LombardLombard and Wheaton, IL, call J1 Auto Repair at (630) 932-4427 today.