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THE SWITCH TO HYBRIDS

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THE DRIVE TO HYBRID VEHICLES

The drive for hybrid technology is growing. By 2025, it is expected that one in four cars sold globally will be hybrid.1

 

1Per predictions from LMC Automotive, a GlobalData company, 2023
By 2025, one in four cars sold globally will be a hybrid
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HOW DOES A HYBRID WORK?

 

Hybrids are powered by multiple energy sources:

  • Internal combustion engine (ICE)
  • Electric motor
  • Battery
Hybrid Operations

Hybrids repeatedly switch between the electric motor and internal combustion engine (ICE).

 

The electric motor typically powers a hybrid at lower speeds and for urban driving. The ICE is used for higher speeds or when the battery needs recharging. In some hybrid technologies, the electric motor and ICE can work concurrently to move the vehicle.

 

The battery can also be recharged by regenerative braking, plus external electricity sources for certain types of hybrids.