Hybrid Vehicle

A vehicle that combines a conventional propulsion system and a rechargeable energy storage system.

The three main types of hybrid vehicle are:

  1. Micro Hybrid Also known as a simple engine stop-start system as the main advantage is stopping the engine when the vehicle is stationary and then restarting the engine before pulling away.
  2. Mild Hybrid An electric motor allows some overrun energy to be absorbed and to stop-start the engine when the vehicle is stationary. The electric motor may also be used to assist the internal combustion engine.
  3. Parallel Hybrid or Power-Split Hybrid The power may be provided by the internal combustion engine or the electric motor or a combination of the two.

All Electric Range

The distance over a given drive cycle that a hybrid vehicle can travel on electric power only.

See also: Automobile, Electric Vehicle, Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Vehicle.

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