Hybrid Car News and Reviews!
We are one of the web's leading destination sites when it comes to hybrid cars and green vehicle technology. If you're in the market for a hybrid car or truck, we have reviews of all of the most popular hybrid vehicles on the market. If you're interested in new hybrid technology, concept cars, and industry news, check out our blog. We keep you attuned the pulse of the industry, 24/7!
We strive to bring you no-nonsense, non-biased reviews of hybrid, electric, and alternative fuel vehicles. Yes, we are big advocates of the green movement, but we car critics as well. If a car doesn't measure up, it doesn't get a free pass just because it's better for the environment. We'll give you the real story, no bull.
Good question. As it's name implies, a hybrid is composed of two propulsion systems: a gasoline engine and an electric motor. Each of these power the vehicle to various degrees, depending on a multiple of factors. Hybrids are also commonly referred to as Hybrid-Electric Vehicles, or HEV's.
Many hybrids can run on purely their electric motor at slow speeds (electric-only mode), but the gas combustion engine "kicks in" at higher speeds and/or rates of acceleration. In other cases, the electric motor may be an auxiliary power source, providing an added horsepower boost in situations such as passing and climbing. Many hybrid cars these days also incorporate Regenerative Braking, in which the resistance from braking forces is used to recharge the electric motor's battery.