What is a Hybrid Car?

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If you’re looking for an efficient, advanced new ride in the Oakville area, consider a Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicle! At Mercedes-Benz Burlington, we offer the impressive Mercedes-Benz GLC, a plug-in hybrid SUV with a robust gasoline engine that works in tandem with a powerful electric motor.

Despite their popularity on the market today, a lot of drivers don’t know exactly how hybrid vehicles work. That’s what Mercedes-Benz Burlington is here for! Our team has put together a guide outlining the hybrid car definition, as well as how the different types of hybrids work. It’s important to know the distinctions between the three types of hybrid cars, so you can make an informed decision when the time comes to pick one out. Read on, and keep an eye on our inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles to see what hybrid models we have available!

Hybrid Car Meaning & Types of Hybrid Cars

In short, a hybrid car is defined by the fact that it’s powered by both a traditional gasoline engine and an electric motor working together. This type of powertrain is designed to maximize fuel efficiency on the Milton roads. There are three main types of hybrid cars, that each use the gasoline-electric combination a little differently. Here are the details:

Parallel Hybrid

A parallel hybrid is the most common type of hybrid you’ll find on the road today. In a parallel hybrid car, the electric motor and the gasoline engine are simultaneously connected to the transmission, and both sources work together to move the vehicle.

Series Hybrid

A series hybrid also pairs its electric motor with a gasoline engine, but unlike a parallel hybrid, it derives all of its power from the electric motor. In a series hybrid, the gasoline engine is merely a generator for the electric motor, rather than working alongside it to power the vehicle.

Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have larger battery packs than series or parallel hybrids, enabling them to drive on solely on electric power when in electric mode. When your electric range is depleted, you can shift into conventional hybrid mode as needed. This does mean that, when you run out of power for the EV mode, you’ll have to recharge your battery by plugging it in, since it’s too large to recharge itself like with other hybrids. But most drivers consider it a worthy trade-off, since the amount of gasoline you use is drastically reduced, even compared to other types of hybrid cars.

Find Your Next Hybrid at Mercedes-Benz Burlington!

If you want to learn more about hybrid vehicles and how they work, feel free to reach out to our showroom! You can also stop by our dealership to talk to an expert in person or take an available model out for a test drive around Mississauga. And if you’re interested in getting a jump-start on the buying process, you can apply for financing right from our website! While you’re here, take a moment to explore our selection of pre-owned hybrid cars for sale!


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