Since recently cars-hybrids have become more popular among motorists due to their affordability and eco-friendliness. The latest technical solutions and innovative hybrid models plus regularly growing fuel prices are the factors that make this type of a car a good buy. Currently, hybrids are able to demonstrate impressive performance, which is achieved by the electromotor in combination with the internal combustion engine.
The overview of expert opinions and motoring fan’s experience has enabled us to pick out the most popular hybrids of today. They are Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Volt, Volvo V60 and Honda Civic.
Toyota Prius is among the first hybrid cars that gained wide popularity mainly due to its superior energy storage and relatively low cost. The vehicle is equipped with a gasoline engine of 1.8-litre capacity, which works together with a couple of electric motors and a variable speed case (CVT). When accelerating the internal combustion engine and electric motors work together and the hybrid achieves 134 horsepower.
Toyota Camry hybrid has excellent fuel economy characteristics together with perfect safety records. A 2.5-liter engine with 4 cylinders and a capacity of two hundred horsepower enables the car to accelerate from zero to a hundred zero in just 7.4 seconds.
Chevrolet Volt is a 4 seat hatchback with front wheel drive and the engine capacity of 1.4 litres that delivers the power of 83 HP. The electric motor with a capacity of 149 horsepower working together with the fuel one, allows Chevrolet Volt to cover a distance of 60 km only on the electric motor that in the city mode. The single biggest disadvantage is its relatively high cost.
Volvo V60 Plug-in is the first among hybrid models with a turbo diesel engine (2.4-litre engine power of 215 HP, the average consumption of diesel per 100 km is 1.9 litres).
Designers of Honda Civic Hybrid have relied on such important consumer characteristics as comfort, fuel economy and efficiency. Cost effectiveness and appealing design, portability and large-capacity of the hybrid were achieved due ultimate constructive solutions.
According to experts, the hybrid car in the next few years will be quite commonplace on the streets of cities. Besides, the car companies intend to significantly expand the existing line of models. Hybrids will take a worthy place in every car segment - from SUVs and luxury cars to minivans.
Since recently cars-hybrids have become more popular among motorists due to their affordability and eco-friendliness. The latest technical solutions and innovative hybrid models plus regularly growing fuel prices are the factors that make this type of a car a good buy.