Are hybrid cars really the best of both worlds?
Updated: Jul 1, 2021
Innovation is one of humanity's greatest attributes. It's amazing to think that long ago, walking was our best form of land transportation. After that we used animals like donkey horses etc. etc. and now we have the automobile. It is amazing to see how quickly we can get from point A to point B. Trips that would of taken us days,weeks,or possibly months, now only take us mere minutes or hours. Not to mention that advances in automotive technology not only make trips faster but now they are safer too! With the push for alternative fuel sources putting pressure on automotive manufacturers it has forced many manufactures to dive back into the realm of innovation. One of those innovative creations being the hybrid drive system.
Is two better than one?
Before we dive to far into hybrid drivetrains , let me provide you with a brief synopsis of the topic. Conventional automobiles have been powered by gasoline internal combustion engines for decades. With the recent advancements made in the electric vehicle sector. We now have hybrid cars. Personally I think that out of all of the drivetrain configurations currently available, hybrids are by far my favorite. Hybrid cars use power from an internal combustion engine and an electric motor to drive the vehicle's wheels. Hybrid vehicle are great because having two power plants (electric,internal combustion) you can combine them to give you more overall power, that makes for a truly unique acceleration experience. Increased performance is only one of the benefits of hybrid cars, arguably the most important benefit is improved fuel economy. Like we mentioned in the previous "replacement for displacement" article internal combustion engines have gotten increasingly more efficient. That effect is augmented by having an electric motor do some of the work. Hybrid drivetrains are definitely better than conventional drivetrains from a performance/usability perspective. So with all of that "extra" technology , and the inherent complexity that comes from integrating two different powerplants. There must be a huge blow to reliability? Right?
Hybrid car Reliability
The first mass produced hybrid cars were made available to the public in the late 1990s by Toyota and Honda, with the Prius and the Insight. During the early days of hybrid vehicles there was definitely some genuine and warranted concern over reliability. Especially with it being new technology. However With hybrid vehicles having been around for well over 20 years it is safe to assume that innovation has had a chance to run its course and not only increase the performance of hybrid vehicles but also has made hybrid cars reliable. Bottom line is that vehicles are constantly evolving. Every powertrain has its downsides with electric vehicles having limited range or gasoline vehicles having a constant need for maintenance. I am sure you can now see the case for hybrid vehicles. Next time you find yourself car shopping on at a dealership,please consider hybrid vehicles as on option for your next vehicle.
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