Volkswagen XL1, 2015 Germany
As we move into the new era of electrification on our roads, the popularity of hybrid vehicles is on the rise, but what is a hybrid car?
A hybrid car is one that uses two different energy sources to deliver maximum efficiency. Most commonly these cars use both electricity and petrol or diesel to fuel them.
Most hybrids are charged automatically and referred to by some manufacturers as ‘self-charging hybrids’. This is achieved by regenerating the energy wasted when braking to recharge the battery, with lots of additional micro top-ups. The internal combustion engine is utilised when the electricity supply is dwindling or as the speed increases.
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) require plug-in charging in the same way that electric vehicles are charged.
- Do you think hybrid vehicles are a positive solution to our greenhouse gas emissions? Would you prefer to see more electric vehicles than hybrid options?
- Can you think of any other energy sources that could be used together to propel a car?