Hybrid Cars by Categories

March 15, 2012

Hybrid cars, just like all other types of vehicles, can fall under a certain category depending on their body style. Therefore, there are hybrid vehicles that can be considered sedans, coupes, pickups, SUVs, luxury, as well as vans. Here are some important tips on which models are mostly appreciated in each category.

Sedan Hybrid Vehicles

Nissan Leaf is considered the world’s first affordable and zero-emissions vehicle. An electric motor that generates 80KW and 280 Nm, and lithium-ion batteries that generate 90kW power it. It can be charged at 80% of its capacity in less than 30 minutes. It has a driving range of 100 miles and it is characterized by a V-shaped aerodynamic design.

Chevrolet Volt is a series hybrid that is completely different from a parallel hybrid. It has a driving range of 40 miles and can be recharged on 110V power in 8 hours and in 3 hours at 220 V power.

The same category of hybrid cars includes Toyota Prius Liftback, Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight, Lexus Ct 200h, and more.

Coupe Hybrid Cars

Honda CR-Z Hybrid falls in line with 35 mpg city and 39 mpg highway as far as fuel efficiency. It employs the hybrid system called Integrated Motor Assist, specific to the manufacturer. An electric motor is integrated between the engine and transmission.

In the same category of vehicles, you have Mitsubishi iMiEV, Fisker Karma, and others.

Pickup Hybrids

GMC Sierra Hybrid. Although hard to imagine a pickup as a hybrid vehicle, the GMC Sierra can be a big surprise. It comes with the same system that is used on the Chevrolet Silverado. The pickup is propelled by a 6.0 liter V8, 322 HP gasoline engine, a two-mode transmission, with a 300 V nickel-metal battery. The transmission of the GMC is referred to as an electrically variable transmission or EVT and is responsible for most of the fuel efficiency. The EVT consists of two electric motors with a 60 kilowatt power output for each of them.

In the same category you can check out the Ford Transit Connect (electric), Ford F150, and Chevrolet Silverado.

SUVs Hybrid Vehicles

Ford Escape Hybrid is a SUV that has a 155 HP, 2.5-liter lean burning gasoline engine under the hood. In addition, it also comes with a permanent magnet motor which generates 94 HP. A planetary gear sends the combined output to the continuously controlled transmission that moves the front wheels.

In the same category of hybrid SUVs you have the Lexus RX450h, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and others.


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