The hybrid technology is currently more applicable to daily driving routines than the purely electric model for reasons that will be discussed shortly, which relates primarily to issues with the batteries. Hybrid car operates on two separate power plants:
- Internal combustion engine
- Electrical motor.
Under this hybrid system, car is powered by an internal combustion engine that shunts overload power, which is naturally lost in the braking process, to the electric battery pack to be used to power the car at a later time.
This process results in dramatic gas savings over drivers using conventional drive trains. Owners of hybrid cars will note that the electric motor is the workhorse at low speeds and in stop and go traffic, while driving conditions necessitating higher speeds, such as found on the freeway, will observe the internal combustion engine creating the lion share of the power for acceleration.
Hybrid cars get their electrical charge from the activity of the engine and need regular fuel just as in a usually powered automobile. Cost of a new hybrid car is expensive. This is mostly concerning when a predictably fuel efficient car and its cost from $19,000 to $25,000.