A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle that is run by two or more power sources. Unlike the conventional cars, that use gasoline as the prime source of power. In such cars, the main idea is to ignite a combustion that can be used to pressurize a piston of the engine which in turn, makes are car move. Now with this method, there are two problems that the present world is facing. The first being the more obvious, rising fuel costs and the fact that this natural resource is going towards finishing one day. The second being the environmental hazard that each car contributes whenever it burns the fuel.
In present day, the hybrid cars are using electric power to run the cars as the secondary fuel to petrol. We list some of the most economic and environmental friendly cars available in present day. (ascending on terms of Miles-per-Gallon)
10. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Toyota Highlander is a mid size SUV produced by Toyota. It is categorized as a crossover SUV, the one having features of a passenger vehicle and those of a station wagon as well. Since Japan and Australia had already a vehicle been registered with the Highlander name, Toyota had to rename it as Toyota Kluger. (Kluger means clever or very clever). Toyota started to produce the Hybrid version of Kluger in 2005. In 2007, the 2nd gen of Toyota Kluger Hybrid started and is in the production cycle since then. Above 100 thousand hybrid versions of highlander have been sold to date.
9. Saturn Vue Hybrid
Need other options for SUV hybrids? Try Saturn Vue Hybrid. Sold by the General Motors’ Saturn brand, was one time, the best selling make of Saturn. Vue is said to be a mild hybrid, or can be termed as an assist hybrid as it somehow helps the initial move of the vehicle. Also it automatically stops the engine when the vehicle comes to halt and then instantly it restarts the vehicle again when it should move.
8. Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
The first Chevrolet make that hits our list, the Chevrolet Malibu is named after the city Malibu, California. It is a midsized sedan vehicle produced by General Motors. Yes this is the same make which was shipped 25,500 in number to Iraq. (For Saddam Hussan’s government, a deal was worth over $100million) The hybrid version was started in 2009, however was discontinued in 2010.
7. Ford Escape Hybrid
In 2004 people used to wonder why do we always see a sedan car as the one having electricity as fuel. What if someone is a SUV lover and needs to shift to the hybrid technology? Ford Motor Company addressed the needs of such customers with its Ford Escape Hybrid, the first SUV with hybrid technology incorporated in it. Ford Escape was already in the market however in 2004 the hybrid version was introduced. This vehicle was first being produced in Japan and US only. Now its production has been shifted to Taiwan and China.
6. Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota Camry XV40 is the sixth generation of one of the most famous makes of automobiles. It replaces the old XV30 series. Being produced since 2006, it reached the third best selling hybrid car being produced in the US. Cumulative sales of the Camry Hybrid have reached a figure of 155 hundred thousand approx as of December 2009.