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Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid vehicles have been around for more than a decade. Your family may even have one. But just what is a "hybrid"?

In this case it's any form of transportation that runs on a combination of electricity and petroleum. The electric motor helps the vehicle burn less fuel, which is better for the environment. Begin your exploration with this diagram of how a hybrid works.

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Bosch Regenerative Braking

Bosch Regenerative Braking

Ordinary braking cars turn their kinetic energy into useless heat energy. Braking hybrid or electric cars, by contrast, turn their kinetic energy into electrical energy. Very useful. More...

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Bosch
BMW Has a Hybrid

BMW Has a Hybrid

Almost all cars run on a combustion engine that converts gasoline in to energy. A lot of this energy is wasted while the car rests at stoplights Learn how hybrid cars differ from combustion engines. More...

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Bill Nye/Disney
Boston Start-Up Converts Commercial Vehicles into Hybrids

Boston Start-Up Converts Commercial Vehicles into Hybrids

It's not just hybrid cars that can help cut down on gas used and carbon dioxide emitted. A Boston company is trying to clean up commercial vehicles. More...

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MIT
Eco Kids Explore: Hybrid Cars

Eco Kids Explore: Hybrid Cars

Think the Prius is the first hybrid? Think again. Hybrids date back to the early days of the automobile. Explore the inner workings of a hybrid. More...

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Landmark Media
How Much Can Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

How Much Can Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

How does your family car compare different types of hybrid cars? And how do these cars affect the environment? Here's a science project that will help you find out. More...

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Science Buddies
Hybrids 101

Hybrids 101

Hybrid cars run on gasoline and electricity. But there are a variety of ways the two forms of energy can be used together. Learn more about different types of hybrids. More...

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Consumer Reports
Hydraulic Hybrid Bicycle Research

Hydraulic Hybrid Bicycle Research

The bicycle is already a very environmentally friendly form of transportation, but combining it with hybrid technology might make it more popular. More...

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Environmental Protection Agency
More Hybrid Vehicle Technology on the Way

More Hybrid Vehicle Technology on the Way

Hybrid vehicles have become commonplace across the United States. So what's next? There are still ways hybrid cars can be made more fuel efficient. More...

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CNBC
Regenerative Braking?

Regenerative Braking?

How does regenerative braking change the efficiency of the motor of the electric car? Find out in this episode of Gearless! More...

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