Definition of Hybrid Vehicle

What Is a Hybrid Vehicle?


A hybrid vehicle combines two or more sources of power to be able to function. The most common hybrid engine uses traditional internal combustion engine with an electric motor; this is a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). There are, however, several other types of onboard energy systems a hybrid car or truck can employ, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Compressed air
  • Compressed or liquefied natural gas
  • Hydrogen
  • Liquid nitrogen
  • Solar
  • Waste heat from internal combustion engine

Hybrid vehicles should not be confused with full electric vehicles, which run solely on an on-board rechargeable battery system. 

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