Owning Hybrid Electric Vehicle
The fuel economy will be higher compared to a similar‐type vehicle, especially if -
driven in city‐type driving conditions where engine stop and regenerative braking
really add to the efficiency of a hybrid electric y y y vehicle. However, the range of the
hybrid version may be about the same as the conventional version of the same
vehicle because the hybrid version usually has a smaller fuel tank capacity.
A hybrid electric vehicle will cost and weigh more than a conventional vehicle. The -
increased cost is due to the batteries, electric motor(s), and controllers used plus
the additional components needed to allow operation of the heating and air
conditioning systems during idle stop periods. The cost is offset in part by returning
improved fuel economy as well as government energy credits awarded at the time
of purchase for some new‐technology vehicles.
It may take many years of operation before the extra cost is offset by cost savings -
from the improved fuel economy.
However, many owners purchase a hybrid electric vehicle for other reasons besides -
fuel savings, including a feeling that they are helping the environment and love of
the high technology involved.