Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hybrid cars

There is quite a lot of hype about Hybrid cars in the news at the moment, so we thought it was a good idea to give you a brief rundown on them.

A hybrid car is a car that uses electricity as well as petrol to power the motor. It uses a conventional petrol engine which is supplemented by an electric power plant.
Hybrid cars are more environmentally friendly as they use, on average half the amount of fuel of a traditional petrol car of the same size.

Having smaller petrol engines, the electric power plant will kick in when you need more acceleration. It means you can drive a bigger car whilst still being fuel efficient.

Hybrid cars do drive a little differently as you can feel the engine switching from petrol to electric as you drive, especially in traffic.

Currently (2008) there are three hybrid cars available in Australia:
Toyota – Prius
Honda – Civic Hybrid
Lexus – 400h

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