What is a hybrid car?

A hybrid car is a car that uses two or more different types of power to move. The most common type of hybrid car is a petrol-electric hybrid, which uses a petrol engine and an electric motor.

Hybrid cars have several advantages over traditional petrol-powered cars. They are more fuel-efficient, meaning that they can travel further on a litre of petrol. They also produce fewer emissions, which is better for the environment.

How do hybrid cars work?

Hybrid cars use a variety of technologies to achieve their fuel efficiency and emissions advantages. One common technology is regenerative braking. When you brake in a hybrid car, the electric motor acts as a generator to convert the kinetic energy of the car into electricity. This electricity is then stored in the car's battery.

When the car is accelerating, the electric motor uses the stored electricity to help power the car. This means that the petrol engine doesn't have to work as hard, which saves fuel.