How Do Hybrid Cars Work?

2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid Side Profile

Maybe, like a lot of Leominster drivers, you’re thinking about making the switch to a hybrid car, meaning you either want to save on gas, help the environment, or both. That’s admirable. But what is a hybrid car and how does it work? A hybrid car uses an electric motor to aid the combustion engine and increase fuel efficiency. How do hybrid cars work compared to electric vehicles? Let’s take a closer look at how hybrid cars work below.



What is a Hybrid Car and How Does It Work?

If you’ve been shopping for an electrified vehicle, you’ve likely heard different terms thrown around: hybrids, plug-in hybrids, fuel cell, and electric vehicles. So, what is a hybrid car and how does it work? A hybrid car uses both an electric motor and a gasoline combustion engine, meaning that the vehicle is powered by a blend of gasoline and electricity. There are different types of hybrid cars, but they all feature a combination of an electric motor and gas engine. How do hybrid cars work differently from electric vehicles (EVs)? Electric vehicles run solely on electricity.

How Hybrid Cars Work

  • Series Hybrid – In this type of hybrid, power flows from the gas engine to the electric motor, which moves the wheels. This type of hybrid isn’t all that common anymore.
  • Parallel Hybrid – In this type of hybrid, both the gas engine and electric motor directly power the wheels. This is the more common type of hybrid.
  • Plug-In Hybrid – How do hybrid cars work that are plug-in hybrids? These cars have larger battery capacity and can be charged by being plugged in. This allows the vehicle to run for a short distance in electric-only mode, if the driver prefers. They also offer even better gas mileage, making for the most economical Fitchburg commute.

The Current Lineup of Honda Hybrid Cars

Honda hybrid vehicles push the limits of the typical “hybrid car” definition, in that they offer exceptional performance and are packed with great features. Here’s a list of the current lineup:

Come See the Hybrid Cars at Ron Bouchard Honda of Lancaster

A Honda hybrid vehicle is a smart purchase for several reasons, and we can help get you behind the wheel of one. Come test drive the quality Honda hybrid vehicles on our lot and see for yourself how well they perform. Why not get a head start by getting pre-approved for financing online? We’re conveniently located near Gardner. So, drop by or contact us today.


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