( NC)-Hybrid vehicles are a cross between traditional fuelpowered vehicles and electric vehicles.
Combining an electric motor, a battery pack, as well as an internal combustion engine, these components work together to deliver power to a hybrids wheels.
Common technologies include idle stop which allows the engine to automatically shut off and restart while the electric motor take's over to prevent unnecessary idling and regenerative braking which harnesses the energy used while braking to recharge the batteries.
In many hybrids, the electric motor also provides added power during acceleration and when added performance is needed. Some hybrids can also operate using only the electric motor and battery pack at low speeds.
Because the electric motor replaces some of the work done by a traditional engine and some hybrids can run as electric vehicles at low speeds, hybrids are ideal vehicles for individuals who travel predominantly in the city under stop and go conditions.
Anyone interested in reducing their fuel consumption, their emissions and impact on the environment and the price they pay at the pumps may find hybrids to be the answer.
And the good news is hybrids are also making the grade with Natural Resources Canada in its annual rating of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in Canada.
In fact, over the past several years, hybrids have been winning the annual EnerGuide Awards for a variety of different vehicle classes.
Visit Natural Resources Canada's website at vehicles. gc. ca or call 1-800-387-2000 to learn about the EnerGuide Label for Vehicles, the Fuel Consumption Guide and for other tips and tools to encourage fuel efficienc. y