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  • Society continues to demand energy alternatives as resources deplete and pollution increases. Hybrid vehicles are one of the many green alternatives available on the market.

    Definition

    Hybrid, by definition, means something derived from the combination of two separate, and often different, sources. For example, a hybrid word like "television" is composed of elements from Greek and Latin.

    Identification

    A hybrid vehicle uses more than one form of fuel or energy source to produce movement. Most hybrid cars have an internal combustion engine and use gasoline, but also have at least one electric motor and/or battery pack.

    Function

    The purpose of the electrical parts in a hybrid vehicle is to collect and reuse energy that standard cars may waste. This allows hybrid cars to obtain better gas mileage than their all-gasoline-powered cousins.

    History

    Full-fledged experimentation on the creation of hybrid vehicles began in the 1960s. In 1997, Audi was the first manufacturer to send a hybrid vehicle into mass production. By the end of the century, several manufacturers release hybrid vehicles and, in 2004, the Toyota Prius II won two Car of the Year Awards.

    Misconceptions

    According to Edmunds, hybrid cars are often mistaken for and confused with vehicles powered by only electricity. However, hybrid vehicles predominately use gasoline for fuel, with the addition of electrical components to attain better gas mileage.

    Source:

    Edmunds

    HybridCARS

    Dicitionary.com

    More Information:

    Hybrid Center: How Hybrid Cars Work

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