A drivetrain type that includes both a petroleum fueled engine and electric drive motors.

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Hybrid car battery compartment

Why are the battery mounting arms in the luggage compartment not painted and protected from corrosion? Some are painted and some are not. Is it possible to paint them with an anti-corrosion ...
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Can I jumpstart a non-hybrid car from a hybrid or full electric car?

This morning I had starter battery troubles with my 2001 VW Eurovan. As it happened, my father-in-law arrived just at the right time in his fancy new Toyota Camry hybrid. So we opened the hoods, dug ...
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How do hybrid's with all-electric mode typically handle oil changes?

So, I'm researching getting a Ford C-Max Energi. It fits well with my commute range (approximately 20 miles a day). I understand that after the battery is depleted, a conventional motor kicks on and ...
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2006 Honda Civic Hybrid - instrument panel lights going haywire

My wife has a 06 HCH that we bought from an individual owner January of last year. It's been running fine, until Jan 5th of this year. It seems the IMA battery is degrading, but that shouldn't cause ...
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Why no exhaust gas turbine generator in hybrid vehicles?

I found something interesting on Wikipedia today: a hybrid turbocharger. This is a device that charges a battery with an exhaust gas turbine, and at the same time operates an air compressor using the ...
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Why do many hybrids have little or no trailer towing capacity?

I have noticed that many hybrid vehicles have little or no trailer towing capacity. For example, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports hybrid model has 375 kg trailer towing capacity (unbraked + braked) ...
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Series Hybrids: Why Isn't Anyone Making Them?

My impression is that all the mass produced hybrid vehicles on the market are parallel hybrids, namely both the ICE and the electric motor are both connected to the drivetrain to drive the wheels. ...
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Why do hybrids still use mechanical transmission?

One of the comments on this question reminded me of something I've been wondering for a while. Given that engines get the best efficiency at peak torque, why do most hybrid cars still use a mechanical ...
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Honda Civic hybrid won't start

My Honda Civic hybrid won't start. No interior lights, no power. Can I jump start the battery under the hood? Not sure since it is a hybrid and has two? batteries. I did not drive it for 3days. ...
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Hybrid auto vs convential car …longetivity?

Given that it is driven 12k miles a year ...will an hybrid last as many years as a conventional car (before excessive repairs)....I do not think so because I think that electronics will degrade ...
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2008 ford escape hybrid blend door actuator

i have a similar issue, my 2008 ford escape hybrid driver side remains on cold and my passenger side climate control works fine, no problems. I also notice that when i turn the knob on the driver side ...
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Honda Civic Hybrid 2010 oil life indicator

I'm unable to see the Oil Life percentage of a Honda Civic Hybrid 2010 (UK model) in the display although I followed correct instructions. I saw following instructions to see oil life of a Honda ...
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My aqua/prius c came without a auto side mirror closing/opening option when locking/unlocking the car. How to install that option?

I have a 2012 aqua G model. The newer versions have the auto side mirror closing/opening option when locking/unlocking the car. How can I install this in my car? Do I need a software update or a new ...
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Check Engine light comes on every time I return from Griffith obs [closed]

Honda Civic Hybrid 2004. Check Engine light comes on every time I return from Griffith Obs. Every month I have an evening meeting. I park facing downhill, so when I go home I turn on the car and ...