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Common hybrid car myths - part II
Hybrid vehicles are becoming a more common sight on today's roads due to their affordability, environmental benefits and fuel efficiency. However, many American drivers remain confused about the specific details of gas-electric cars and more misconceptions spring up every day. Here are some more car shopping tips on common hybrid car myths - part II.
Plug it in
While electric cars a century ago needed to be plugged in to charge, today's modern hybrid vehicles sport a more elegant recharging system, according to HybridCars.com. Using a process called regenerative braking, the battery draws power as the car slows down. The gas-powered engine provides some extra energy as well.
Many people are under the impression that hybrid cars aren't worth the money or hype because they waste as much energy from electricity grids (which rely on fossil fuels) as standard gasoline engines. However, current hybrid and electric vehicles produce significantly less carbon emissions than the average gas guzzler, according to TheDailyGreen.com.
Fuel efficiency and environmental concerns aside, some people scorn hybrid cars for lacking the sheer horsepower of other vehicles. But according to HybridCars.com, the Lexus GS 450h hybrid boasts more than 300 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds.