You've already heard the basics about hybrid vehicles. They're the fancy machines that use gas and electricity to save you money and protect the environment. Not all hybrids are built the same, though.
There are different types for different lifestyles. All hybrids are part of the movement to improve the environment by reducing gas emissions, but you'll want to do your research so you can enjoy savings that will benefit you most.
Traditional hybrid vehicles run on a combination of gas and electricity, hence the name "hybrid." Honda's hybrid family utilizes a regenerative braking system that allows you to regain energy whenever you take your foot off the gas pedal. That's right, no charging station necessary to recoup the energy you've lost while driving.
Advantages: The immediate satisfaction will come from saving time and money on visits to the gas station. In the long run, you'll cut down on emissions compared to vehicles relying solely on gas. Plus, you don't have to change your routine because the battery recharges while you drive and the engine still relies on gas.
Plug-in hybrids are slightly different than traditional hybrids. The plug-in models also run on gas and electricity, but they use the stored electricity first before automatically using the gas when necessary. Regenerative braking also helps plug-in hybrids restore power when the driver isn't accelerating.
Advantages: Your vehicle will use the battery for quick trips and will switch over to gas for your longer drives. The plug-in hybrids have a larger battery that requires a charging station, but that just means lower emissions on your everyday trips and the occasional visit to a charging station. You can even install a charger in your home for added convenience.
Electric vehicles ditch gas entirely by running on a high-voltage battery. Once again, you can install a charger in your home or find a local charging station. This is your new fuel station, and some are even offered for free in store parking lots. Regenerative braking helps charge the battery.
Advantages: Wave goodbye to the pump. You'll never have to worry about spilling gas on your shoes again. Plus, you can look forward to zero emissions and spending pennies compared to your previous gas costs.
Hydrogen fuel cell
These vehicles run on electricity generated by hydrogen. There is a battery and a fuel cell inside the vehicle that both power the motor. The vehicle uses regenerative braking to recover lost electric energy from the battery. You can reload the vehicle with hydrogen, which is used by the fuel cell to power the vehicle and then released in the form of water. You can read more about hydrogen fuel cell technology here.
Advantages: As you can imagine, these vehicles don't have any harmful emissions either. You also get all the benefits of an electric car without plugging into an electric charger.
You can find the hybrid vehicle that matches your style at Western Washington Honda Dealers. The Honda CR-V just joined the Honda Hybrid family for the first time this year, alongside the Accord, Clarity, and Insight. All of Honda's hybrid vehicles come with an eight-year High-Voltage Battery Limited Warranty.
To learn more about the Honda Hybrid family and all of Honda's vehicles, visit Western Washington Honda Dealers online.