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How Do Hybrid Cars Work?

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Hybrid electric technology has taken serious leaps forward in such a short amount of time, making them an affordable option for many Caledon drivers. At Mercedes-Benz Brampton, you’ll find a wide range of mild-hybrid and hybrid electric vehicles in stock to explore, all of which have the features and capabilities to rival traditional gas-powered vehicles. Learn more about how hybrid cars work below, then explore our inventory to find the new or pre-owned hybrid that’s best suited for your Orangeville drives. Don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions along the way.

Parallel Hybrid vs. Series Hybrid Vehicles: What’s the Difference?

Nom after which model you choose in the Mercedes-EQ lineup, you’re choosing a vehicle that’s excellent for the environment and improves fuel economy. But what is a hybrid and how does it work? A hybrid has two power sources: the traditional internal combustion engine and an electric battery. In hybrid systems, these two work together to reduce fuel consumption. Hybrids work with two of the most common configurations, parallel and series:

Parallel Hybrid

Most hybrids that you’ll see on the market are parallel hybrids. Both the electric motor and gas engine are connected to the transmission (automatic, manual, or CVT) system and works to blend both power sources.

Series Hybrid

Series hybrids also have an electric motor that’s paired with a gas engine, but only the electric motor is paired with the transmission. The electric motor in this type of hybrid is the only source of power, and the gas engine simply acts as a generator for the electric motor.

How Do Hybrid Cars Work In Comparison to Plug-In EVs?

Another type of hybrid is the plug-in hybrid. Plug-in electric vehicles only use electric power. There are automotive brands that offer plug-in hybrids, and there are lots of benefits of both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid, which you can explore below:

  • With their increased battery packs, plug-in hybrids can go further on electric power alone.
  • For short distances around Georgetown, you can use a plug-in hybrid much like you’d drive an EV — relying on 100% electric power all day and recharging at night.
  • If you’re heading out of town or state and your trip exceeds the electric driving range, you can fill up on gasoline like you would with a conventional powertrain.
  • Because they don’t rely solely on electricity, hybrid plug-in vehicles take between one and four hours to fully charge.

Find Your Next Hybrid at Mercedes-Benz Brampton!

Now that you know more about hybrid models, what hybrid cars are, and their electric technology, you may still have several questions. And we can help! We’ll walk you through the car-buying process, how hybrid cars can enhance your overall driving experience, and explore our inventory to find the model that’s best suited for your driving needs. Contact our team to get things started today!

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