How Does a Hybrid Vehicle Work?
Changes in the automotive market and governmental commitments to reducing fossil fuel use and emissions has created a strong demand for hybrid and electric vehicles. Ford has been at the leading edge of creating hybrid, plug-in hybrid and now fully electric vehicles as well. This past year has seen the release and/or announcement of many new Ford models that offer these options.
While each of the battery powered vehicle options is different and offers different pros and cons, we thought we'd start off by taking a closer look at the Ford hybrids - which models are offered, how they work and what the advantages and disadvantages of choosing them are.
Currently, these are the Ford models that offer a hybrid engine option:
- Ford Maverick (2022)
- Ford Escape (2005-present)
- Ford Explorer (2020-present)
- Ford F150 (2021-present)
The Ford Maverick hybrid was so popular that Ford had to halt pre-orders until they could fulfill the initial rush!!
Hybrid electric vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, which uses energy stored in batteries. A hybrid electric vehicle cannot be plugged in to charge the battery. Instead, the battery is charged through regenerative braking and by the internal combustion engine. The extra power provided by the electric motor can potentially allow for a smaller engine. The battery can also power auxiliary loads and reduce engine idling when stopped. Both systems work together for optimal power while reducing fuel consumption.
For these reasons, a hybrid vehicle is especially efficient for city and short range driving. Frequent braking helps to consistently recharge the battery and optimize fuel economy. That said, the fuel powered engine and battery that doesn't require external charging means that you can have the confidence and security to take your hybrid on longer trips without worrying about running out of power.
Here are the pros and cons of a hybrid vehicle:
- Fewer emissions are created because you use less fuel
- Less fuel used means your fuel costs are reduced
- Battery charges itself
- Combination of charge and fuel means you can travel farther
- Lighter engine means a lighter and smaller vehicle
- Rebates are often available
- Longer warranties
- Higher cost
- Lower speeds required for efficiency
- Repairs tend to cost more
- Still produce emissions
The Ford hybrid line-up all provide an excellent opportunity to get into the electrified vehicle market while addressing the different needs you may have. They make an excellent transitional vehicle while our current infrastructure catches up to the demands of electric vehicles.
To learn more about any of our vehicle models or if a hybrid is right for you, please visit us at our Dartmouth Ford Dealership or give us a call today!