If you’ve ever watched one of those shows that examine myths and facts, you know there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a myth dispelled.
In the automotive world, there are plenty of myths that need to be busted. Take hybrids for example. These vehicles have been plagued by myths since their inception, some of which include:
- All hybrid cars need to be plugged in.
- Hybrids don’t hit high speeds in electric mode.
- Hybrids are only for city driving.
Let’s take a closer look at these myths.
All hybrid cars need to be plugged in
Not true. There are some hybrids that need to be plugged in to an energy source – these are called Plug-in Hybrids. However, basic Hybrids can create energy for themselves, without a plug. Take the C-MAX Hybrid for example, a vehicle that uses regenerative braking to charge its battery. This technology – also used in other Ford vehicles such as the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid – takes energy created from applying the brakes and returns it to the battery. So, with the C-MAX hybrid, you don’t actually have to plug in to charge the car. It’s got an electric battery and a gas engine, so you’re covered.
Hybrids don’t hit high speeds in electric mode
There’s still a misconception that hybrid cars, when running in battery mode, can’t reach highway speeds. You can take your C-MAX hybrid on the highway and cruise along at a top speed of 100 km/h in battery mode. Need to go on a road trip? Your C-MAX can take you on the highway at regular speeds, so you won’t be stuck in the slow lane the whole trip.
Hybrid range is limited by the battery size
Wrong. Hybrids aren’t all-electric cars – a fact that confuses many people. Unlike all-electric vehicles, which run on battery power alone, hybrids use a traditional gas engine that is coupled with a battery. It’s designed in such a way to help you maximize your fuel efficiency while you drive. Once you run out of battery power and fuel, you can simply stop at a gas station, fill-up and be on your way – you’ll never have to worry about the dreaded “range anxiety.”
We would like to hear from you. Have we cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about hybrids? Also, do you think your next car would be a hybrid? Let us know in the comments below.