How Do Hybrid Cars Work?

2022 Hyundai Hybrid Charging


Thanks to the hybrid electric technology making significant advances in the last few years, they’re quickly becoming the top vehicle choice for many Houston drivers. At Humble Hyundai, we offer an excellent selection of hybrid models for you to choose from, all with the capability to take on their gas-powered models. Wondering how hybrid cars work? Learn what a hybrid car is and how it works with this guide from Humble Hyundai below. Then, explore our inventory to find the new or pre-owned hybrid car that checks off all your boxes. Between our competitive prices and specials, you’re in excellent hands with our team.


Parallel Hybrid vs. Series Hybrid Vehicles

Whether you’re driving a Hyundai Elantra Blue or Tucson Hybrid, they’re an excellent option for improving fuel economy, so you can take the scenic route more often without worrying about the nearest gas station. So, what is a hybrid car and how does it work? They have two power sources: the traditional internal combustion engine and an electric battery. In hybrid systems, they’ll work together to minimize fuel consumption. Below is a look at how hybrid cars work in their two most common configurations, parallel, and series:

Parallel Hybrid

Most hybrid models you’ll find at dealerships The Woodlands are parallel hybrids. These are cars with both the electric motor and gasoline engine that are connected to the transmission, whether it’s an automatic, manual, or CVT system. They do a great job and work to blend both sources.

Series Hybrid

While series hybrids also use an electric motor that’s paired with a gasoline engine, only the electric motor is paired with the transmission. The electric motor is the main source of power and the gas engine acts as a generator for the electric motor.

How Do Hybrid Cars Work Compared to Plug-In Electric Vehicles?

It’s good to keep in mind that hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles are different. How so? Hybrid vehicles run on the combined power of the electric battery and gasoline engine. EVs only use electric power. Newer vehicles are starting to blur the lines between the two. Because some automotive makers offer plug-in hybrids, below is a look at knowing the benefits of both:

  • With their increased battery packs, plug-in hybrids can go further on electric power alone. 
  • For shorter drives around Conroe, you can use a plug-in hybrid much like you’d drive an EV — relying on 100% electric power all day and recharging at night.
  • If you’re preparing for a longer trip that exceeds the electric driving range, you can fill up on gasoline as would with a conventional powertrain.
  • Because they don’t rely solely on electricity, hybrid plug-in vehicles take between one and four hours to fully charge.

Find Your Next Hybrid Vehicle at Humble Hyundai!

Now that you know, “what is a hybrid car and how does it work?” we want to help you find the hybrid that’s best suited for your driving needs and budget. Don’t hesitate to contact our team when you’re ready to explore our hybrid models and hit the Humble roads for a test drive.

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