Hybrid electric vehicles have certainly come a long way in the past 20 years. It used to be that Toyota only made them but now you see many other car manufacturers introducing their own hybrid models to the public. As you probably know, a hybrid electric vehicle uses both a traditional internal combustion engine and an electric propulsion system. In other words, it uses both fossil fuel and electricity to run the engine. However, because of the electricity added to the mix, the vehicle does not require as much regular fuel. This helps users be environmentally friendly and save money on gas at the same time.
Top 5 Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Below are the top 5 hybrid electric vehicles currently being sold on the market today.
- 2017 Chevy Volt – This hybrid vehicle gives users better fuel efficiency and about 53 miles on its lithium-ion battery. It features a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine with 149 horsepower and about 54 miles per gallon on its gasoline power (which activates after the battery power runs out).
- 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – If you’re looking for a hybrid minivan, this is the only one being sold on the market today. The vehicle can hold up to 7 passengers and has a battery that can take you a distance of 33 miles before the gas power kicks in. At that point, you can go 32 miles per gallon on the interstate.
- 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid – This award-winning hybrid vehicle is a midsize SUV which features a 3.5L V6 engine with 306 horsepower. That, along with 3 electric motors, will give you 29 miles per gallon on street roads and 27 miles per gallon on the interstate.
- 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid – Another midsize SUV which has a lot of high-tech gadgets and technological features such as blind spot detection and all-wheel drive. Its 3.5L V6 engine has 321 horsepower and gets up to 26 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the interstate.
- 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid – This midsize sedan can hold 5 passengers and is great on its fuel economy. You will get a whopping 49 miles per gallon in the city and 43 miles per gallon on the interstate. Its 1.8L 4-cylinder engine has 182 horsepower and two electric motors.
The technology to create fully electric vehicles does exist but it would be tough to transition into that at this point. There would need to be electric battery charging stations all throughout the country like there are gas stations. However, it does seem like modern automotive technology is heading in that direction.