What Is a Hybrid Car?

2023 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid driving on city street

If you’re like many St Cloud drivers looking for a more efficient way to drive, then you’ve probably wondered what exactly a hybrid car is and how it’s different from an electric car. The technical hybrid car definition is a car that utilizes a combustion gas-powered engine and a battery-powered electric motor. The hybrid car meaning in its description is the combination of both gasoline power and electric power to create better fuel economy. 

Dive deeper into how a hybrid car works with Morrie's Auto Connection. Then, visit our dealership to explore our pre-owned inventory and find out how you can get your hands on a pre-owned hybrid vehicle!

What Are the Different Types of Hybrid Cars?

We’ve touched on the standard hybrid car definition, but there’s more than just one kind of hybrid car. The best kind of hybrid car will be the one that aligns with your driving needs around Albertville. To give you an idea of which hybrid car type would be best for you, take a look at the different types of hybrid cars below: 

Parallel Hybrid

This is the most common type of hybrid car you’ll see people driving around Rogers. A parallel hybrid car’s meaning is that the gas engine and electric motor are connected to the same transmission. The gas engine also charges the electric motor as you drive. Combining both power sources, parallel hybrid vehicles provide plenty of power while saving more fuel than traditional car types. 

Series Hybrid

Series hybrid vehicles function similarly to parallel hybrid vehicles in the sense that they also have electric motors and gas engines. With series hybrid cars, the electric motor is the only component that’s connected to the transmission. The gas engine also charges the electric motor, but the electric motor also is the only source of power for the vehicle. 

Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) have larger electric motors than parallel or series hybrids. This means that they have more electric driving range than the other two mentioned types of hybrid cars, but the electric motor isn’t charged by the gas engine. Because of this, you’ll have to plug in this type of hybrid when you need to charge the battery-powered motor. When electric power runs out, this type of hybrid automatically switches to gas power.

Choose a Pre-Owned Hybrid in St Cloud!

If you have any other questions on a hybrid car’s definition or what kind of hybrid car is best for you, contact us! We’re happy to go over different hybrid cars’ meanings and functions with you, so you can best decide which of our pre-owned hybrid cars is right for you.


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