Hybrid, the term means mixed in a literal sense. Mixing up two or amalgamating two differing elements to form a resulting third element would be called a hybrid formation. If checked through history all hybrid concoctions that mankind has been responsible for creating has been the offshoot of some necessity. The phrase of necessity being the mother of invention holds very true for inventions of hybrid nature by mankind.
Hybrid cars also have been the resulting factor of just such a necessity. With dwindling fuel reserves and rising cost of the same the necessity to find some alternate solution to driving the car came upon mankind.
Even though the first of the hybrid cars came out as early as 1899, and Ferdinand Porsche was the man behind this kind of car, the car was then not as popular in demand as it has now turned to be.
Leading car manufacturers and makers are now coming out with a hybrid model of every gasoline driven car that they make. The difference between a hybrid car and a gasoline driven car is subtle. Both have the engine fuel tank, batteries and a transmission mechanism. However, in case of a hybrid the fuel tank and engine would be smaller in size. This extra space would be taken up by the electric motor and a set of battery that powers the motor.
Effect on pollution is another factor that can be noticed for its absence in case of hybrid cars. Cars running on gasoline alone have been known to be a major cause for emission related pollution. With a mix of electric power running, which is how the car would be driven during substantial period of its running time, the emission and it’s after effects would be reduced to a great extent.
Hybrid cars are where the future of car making and car buying lies. Manufacturers and consumers alike are paying greater attention to this type of car and since 1899 this make of car has indeed come a long way.