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Hybrid Car Guide. Toyota Prius. Honda Civic

Updated on December 18, 2011

Hybrid Car Guide

Hybrid Car Guide-A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle that uses two or more distinct power sources to move the vehicle.

When the term hybrid vehicle is used, it most often refers to a Hybrid electric vehicle. These encompass such vehicles as the AHS2 (Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Silverado, Cadillac Escalade, and the Saturn Vue), Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid Lexus RX 400h and 450h and others. A petroleum-electric hybrid most commonly uses internal combustion engines (generally gasoline or Diesel engines, powered by a variety of fuels) and electric batteries to power electric motors. There are many types of petroleum-electric hybrid drive trains, from Full hybrid to Mild hybrid, which offer varying advantages and disadvantages.

In the next two years you can look forward to a plethora of new low emission low fuel vehicles to hit the showrooms. The Federal governments of a number of nations have or are giving tax concessions and other incentives to the major car manufacturers to bring on line these vehicles. For instant the Obama Government in the United States is set to launch a nationwide program to reduce emissions from motor vehicles. Similarly here in Australia the introduction of a carbon tax next July will encourage everyone to reduce their transport vehicle emissions, One of the ways you can do that is by buying a car that can run on battery and petrol or deisel.

Toyota Prius

Since the debut of the second-generation Toyota Prius in 2003, the quintessential gas-electric hybrid has risen from a niche product to become Toyota’s third-best-selling model in the United States. The car inspires a cult-like devotion from its drivers. Satisfaction rates, consistently at about 98 percent, are unparalleled. Similarly here the Toyota Prius has become the no1 selling Hybrid car and has continued to be for some years now. The model has undergone many refinements.

Honda Civic Hybrid

For three decades, Honda has played a leading role in meeting environmental challenges.

The Civic Hybrid is living proof that environmentalism and style can go hand in hand. Power at the Pump The benefits of the refined gasoline-electric power train on the Civic Hybrid are never more evident than when you watch those little numbers adding up at the pump. And with an EPA-estimated city/highway rating of 40 city/45 hwy mpg, you’ll spend a lot less time at the gas station.


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    • molometer profile image

      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am a member of the Prius cult lol. It is a great car with looks only a mother could love but it really is a great vehicle. When I first bought it I would play the gas game that is built into the dashboard.'how economically can you drive' I got to 99 mpg and drove everyone else on the road nuts lol

      Great hub Steve voted up interesting and useful. I didn't know it had 2 drive trains so I learned something too. Thanks.

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      thevoice 8 years ago from carthage ill

      excellent detailed hub work thanks