Facts on Hybrid Electric Cars

Engine

Hybrid cars use a traditional gas-powered engine with a rechargeable electric source to run. This helps the car's computer system to draw power from two sources while minimizing the use of nonrenewable resources.

Efficiency

Since they use less gasoline to run, some hybrid cars can get 40 to 50 miles per gallon when driving in the city or on the highway.

Power

Hybrid engines are more powerful than strictly electric ones, but they do not provide the power and acceleration of the best gas-powered engines.

Availability

The selection of car models available with a hybrid engine is expanding, but still is not as large as that of gas-powered cars. Many well-known brands such as Toyota, Honda, Ford and Chevrolet now make hybrid cars.

Cost

While many hybrid cars initially cost more than their traditional gas-powered counterparts, they save money in fuel costs and help reduce emissions. While gas-powered cars deliver speed and strength and electric cars specialize in efficiency, hybrid cars find a middle ground. Hybrid cars are an environmentally friendly mode of transportation that use the technology of both gasoline and electric cars.