One of the biggest draws of driving hybrid vehicles is the impressive fuel economy that they offer. In fact, the most efficient gasoline-powered vehicle ever, the 2000 Honda Insight, has a highway rating of 61 mpg and combined city/highway rating of 53 mpg. So what is it about hybrids that gets such good fuel economy? Here’s what you need to know.
Why hybrid fuel economy is so good.
There are actually two different batteries in hybrid cars. One of them is the traditional 12 volt lead acid battery that powers traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. The other is the Continue Reading No Comments
As frustrating as it is to say aloud, batteries are made to be changed. While it’s not that big a deal when it comes to the pair of AA batteries it takes to power your TV remote, it’s a bit more of an issue to change a car battery, especially a hybrid battery — and it’s about 400 times more expensive. That’s if you peg a pack of Duracells at $10; the cost of batteries for hybrid cars tends to be near $4,000 at the dealership (though they’re typically cheaper through third-party retailers).
Drivers keep purchasing hybrid cars in part because they’re charmed by the advanced fuel economy and higher MPG those particular automobiles can offer. And it’s true. The Toyota Prius, the current best-selling car in Ca