Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) have a combustion engine and a battery charged through operation of the vehicle, not from a separate power source. Fuel economy is significantly better and emissions lower compared with conventional vehicles. Hybrid electric vehicles can be designed to operate on any of the fuels above. However, most sold today run on regular unleaded gasoline.
¨ Use conventional gasoline or an alternative fuel.
¨ Fuel economy is superior to conventional vehicles (Fuel economy benefits depend on what specific hybrid technologies are designed into the vehicle - and thus what percentage of operating time and/or power needs are provided by electricity versus internal combustion.)
¨ Vehicles more costly then conventional counterparts (about $2K-4K more) but federal tax credit of $2K per vehicle is available. Fuel savings should more than compensate for added costs.
Links to Other Resources:
Department of Energy's HEV Program - https://www.energy.gov/technologytransitions/about-us
EV World: The World of Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles - https://www.evworld.com/
More Information on HEVs from the Alternative Fuels Data Center - https://cleancities.energy.gov/vbg/fleets/about_hybrids.html
HEV Users - Examples of Successful Fleet Users - https://cleancities.energy.gov/vbg/fleets/fleet_successes.html