What is a hybrid vehicle?

Published by on 08.12.2019 - 1 min

Unlike an electric or combustion-powered vehicle, a hybrid vehicle (commonly abbreviated as HEV) is equipped with a dual engine: one that runs on petrol or diesel, coupled with one or more electric engines.
Their batteries, which have a smaller capacity battery than that of a 100% electric model, assist the combustion engine in providing the car greater acceleration performance. “Mild hybrid” vehicles are limited to this function. Like the All-new Clio E-TECH, “full hybrid” vehicles can travel a few kilometres in electric mode.
With a “standard” hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), the battery is charged entirely through regenerative braking, since it has no charging port, unlike a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).
Thus the electric engines in an HEV model rely on the kinetic energy produced during deceleration and braking to generate the current that can then be used to recharge its battery.
Lower emissions, a comfortable driving experience, and even fuel savings—hybrid cars boast several advantages. As proof, consider that the All-new Clio E-TECH, coming to market in 2020, will be able to travel in electric mode 80% of the time in an urban cycle. That translates to up to 40% more fuel efficiency when driving in the city!

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