How Do Hybrid Cars Work?

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In recent years, hybrid vehicles have become extremely popular around Bedford, mainly due to the advancement of technology, making them more reliable than ever. Luckily, Tulley BMW of Manchester has plenty of hybrid vehicles for sale. However, many of our customers ask, “How do hybrid cars work?” Learn more about how hybrid cars work with the experts at Tulley BMW of Manchester. For more information, feel free to contact us anytime!

Parallel Hybrid vs. Series Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrids are usually the first choice when customers are looking for improved fuel economy around Londonderry. However, many don’t know how hybrid cars work. It’s actually very simple, as a hybrid car has both a traditional gas engine and an electric battery. In hybrid vehicles, these two power sources work together to propel you down the Manchester roads. There are a couple of different types of hybrid vehicles, parallel and series hybrids. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two below.

Parallel Hybrid

Parallel hybrids are what many of us see on the Manchester streets, as they’re the most popular type of hybrid. In this type, both the electric and gasoline engines are paired with the transmission, and both work together to power the vehicle. 

Series Hybrid

A series hybrid is a little different, as only the electric motor is paired with the transmission, not the gasoline engine. The electric motor is the main power source, while the gas engine is used as a backup.

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

What is a hybrid car and how does it work?” You have to differentiate between hybrids and plug-in electric cars. These are quite different, as hybrids always operate on both an electric and gas engine, while plug-in electric vehicles are solely powered by electricity. Let’s check out some of the benefits of both vehicles below:

  • Plug-in hybrids can go much further on just electric power, due to their large battery packs. 
  • A plug-in hybrid is ideal for shorter drives, as they are similar to EVs in the fact that they are powered solely by electricity, and you must plug it in to charge when not in use. 
  • If you go for long trips outside of Manchester, you can fill up on gas with plug-in hybrids if you run out of battery power. 
  • Plug-in hybrid vehicles take between just 1 and 4 hours to charge due to not being solely reliant on electricity.

Learn More About Hybrid Vehicles with Tulley BMW of Manchester!

Now that you know more about how hybrid cars work, come see our selection of hybrid vehicles at Tulley BMW of Manchester. Check out our certified pre-owned vehicle inventory, and apply for financing online to start the buying process! Be sure to check out our pre-owned vehicle specials to save near Auburn!


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