Q: What is a hybrid vehicle and why should I consider one for my next vehicle purchase?
A: Any vehicle that combines multiple power sources for movement is considered a hybrid. Hybrid vehicles on the market today use an electric motor and an internal combustion engine for propulsion. Hybrids evolved from electric vehicles but have eliminated their predecessor’s inconveniences of short driving distances and the need to be plugged in. Hybrids combine the convenience of a gasoline-burning car and the efficiency of an electric car into one reliable mode of transportation. Some hybrids cannot be plugged in, while others have plug-in capabilities. The internal combustion engine on a hybrid recharges the batteries as well as supplements the electric motor to move the vehicle. Consider buying a hybrid if you want to lower your fuel bill and reduce harmful emissions.