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Offline Queefer Sutherland

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Hybrid culture
« on: April 01, 2022, 04:24:43 pm »
Hybrids cars seem like the best of both worlds. I'm a very casual car enthusiast so I know little about them. Anyone have any knowledge or experience?  Not in the market for a new vehicle but I'll look at hybrids as an option when I do.

Do you plug them in or does your alternator charge the battery?

I had a friend who rented one on a trip and loved it due to great gas mileage.
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Offline wilber

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Re: Hybrid culture
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2022, 01:43:59 pm »
Regular hybrids charge their batteries by regeneration, harvesting energy used to slow the car down during braking or going down hill. Basically the electric motor becomes a generator. All the electrical power comes from the gas engine but some of the energy is recouped instead of just being turned into heat by the vehicles brakes. Plug in hybrids do the same thing but usually have larger batteries that can be charged by an external source. Most have an electric only range of around 50 km. The only real downside compared to EVís is you have the same maintenance issues (oil changes, tune ups etc) as other ICE vehicles.
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