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What is a hybrid car?


Hybrid car, what is it? Generally speaking a hybrid car is that car that has more than one fuel source.

Hybrid cars have a very recent history comparing to other types of cars. But the success got by the Toyota Prius has pushed the car companies to make more gas-saving vehicles such as Honda Insight and Ford Fusion Hybrid. This type of cars leads us on the way of green driving, leaving the fuel stations below and driving into a new world where cars totally fit in the environment. Hybrid cars are the unique type of cars which reputation and accessibility has grown so fast in such a short period of time.

In  the 19th -20th centuries, cars were powered by gasoline, the inventors were thinking of the ways a car can be powered by electricity, fossil fuels, steam and combination of these things. Some data about the rising of the hybrid cars are shown below:

1900: The Lohner-Porsche Elektromobil makes its debut at the Paris Exposition. The project of the car is thought to be pure electric; later the designer Ferdinand Porsche add an internal combustion engine to recharge the batteries. That is how the first hybrid vehicle appeared.


 1917: Woods Motor Company introduces to the world the Woods Dual Power, a hybrid electric vehicle with a 4-cylinder internal combustion engine. The car has the highest speed 56 kilometers per hour, and the car is considered to be a failure, or not a success. woods-dual-power_1917

1960s and 1970s: Electrical engineer Victor Wouk builds a prototype hybrid electrical vehicle based on the Buick Skylark, a passenger car produced by the Buick division of General Motors. Wouk runs out of money when the US government decides not to invest money in this project. Wouk abandons this idea.


1968: General Motors Company develops the GM 512, an experimental vehicle that runs on electricity at low speeds and gasoline at high speeds.


1989: Audi demonstrates the experimental Audi Duo. Audi develops further generations of the Duo over much of the following 10 years. It combines a 12-horsepower electric motor with a 139-horsepower internal combustion engine.

audi duo

1997: In response to a challenge from Executive Vice President Akihiro Wadi to develop more fuel-efficient vehicles. Toyota introduces the Prius and begins marketing it in Japan. It has a growing popularity.


1999: Honda introduces the Insight.


2000: Toyota begins marketing the Prius (as a 2001 model) in the United States.

prius 2001

2002: Hybrids start to become fairly common in the marketplace. Honda introduces the Accord Hybrid. Many more hybrid cars follow over the next few years. After 2000, and the success Toyota Prius has in US hybrids become more popular in the world.


2004: Ford introduces the first hybrid SUV, the 2005 Ford Escape.

ford ecape

The history continues with an amazing car with bivalent engine. The BMW Hydrogen 7 is the first ready hydrogen vehicle. They are proving themselves in the real world, 100 of these cars were offered to leading figures from culture, politics, business and media. The switch the world is exposed to, by using these cars shows that people experience comfort, dynamics and safety.

Since 1990 BMW has reduced the consumption of all cars produced by them with 30 percent. The goal of the company is creating a car that doesn’t produce CO2, so BMW Hydrogen 7 is based on traditional gasoline powered by 7-series line of vehicles. It uses the same 6 liter V-12 motor as does the 760i and 760Li; however it was modified so it can use hydrogen as well as gasoline. The process of burning the hydrogen passes in an internal combustion engine.