Everything You Need to Know About Hybrid Vehicles
There are more hybrid vehicles out in the market than there were years ago. Car manufacturers are considering the changes they are seeing within society and creating cars that are more efficient for both the individual and environment.
You might have heard of the Toyota Prius. This highly efficient vehicle is available at University Toyota. What’s a hybrid though?
What is a hybrid car?
There are multiple types of power sources that are used for hybrid vehicles. Parallel, series and series-parallel hybrids are three distinct hybrids you will hear about.
- Parallel – The gas and electric motor work together when operating the vehicle.
- Series – Electric motors operate the series hybrid.
- Series/Parallel – The generated computer tells the vehicle if you need to use series, parallel, or both depending on your driving situation.
Overall, hybrids are composed of electric motors, a battery, and a conventional gasoline engine.
Do hybrids save drivers money?
A hybrid will save you money at the gas pump. These vehicles are fuel efficient, which means you will save your gas money. However, you might pay a little more out of pocket up front for the future savings.
What goes into hybrid maintenance?
Hybrid vehicles require similar upkeep to your regular car such as tire monitoring, brake wear, etc. We recommend checking your user manual or asking our technicians for more information if this is your first electric car.
If you’re always on the go, consider a hybrid. They are equipped with features many drivers look for, efficiency has improved, and extended warranties may be available. In addition, you’ll be doing your part to care for the environment.