Hy­brid ve­hi­cles

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( 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

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