The Hybrid
The Hybrid
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Hybrid Vehicles are ones which run on two differing power sources, typically maintaining the internal combustion engine (ICE) and using another liquid fuel or electricity. Plug-in Hybrids are vehicles that obtain their power from electricity stored in batteries. The batteries that run the vehicle can be recharged by connecting a plug to an electric power source.
The concept of hybrid vehicles began as early as 1899, but the technology really took off in the early part of the 21st century, under the increasing fears of Climate Change and an attitude shift towards renewable energies and emissions. Although they are known to reduce dangerous emissions, the electricity they obtain from the electrical grid will often, depending on the country, not be from renewable energies.
It is this fact that has made people sceptical about the long-term future of hybrid vehicles, coupled with the dwindling supplies of fossil fuels needed to run the ICE. In comparison to the inefficient and polluting vehicles that they go some way to replacing however, the hybrid vehicle is miles ahead.


"Possibly the most sought-after technological innovation since Captain Kirk first flipped open his communicator is the plug-in hybrid."
- Matthew L. Wald


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