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What Does "Hybrid" Mean In A Car?

what is the different btw a car with an HYBRID system and one with out an HYBRID system,

what does HYBRID really means and stands for in a car?

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please any body tell in short that what exactly hybrid means, i only aware of trucks,

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thanks for all the info. guys, the car is up for sale, landed in lagos last week !

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Like others said, your camry is a hybrid uses a combination of two power sources to propel your car. However you must be mindful of how this particular technology works and is applied in your particular car.

The Camry Hybrid uses a gasoline/petrol engine in combination with electric drive system. The electric drive is powered by a 650V electric motor which is fitted with special NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) battery for electric supply. The entire system is controlled by a system called VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management).

Based on traffic conditions and driving habit, the VDIM controls and decides what mode of power to use for propulsion. Essentially, your car switches to electric power in snail paced or slow traffic. However, when you demand power to accelerate to highway speed, both the electric motor and the gasoline engine work together (automatically) to give your smooth and fast acceleration. At highway cruise speed, the gasoline engine works alone while also charging your NiMH batteries. The system is also design to regenerate some electric power for re-charging your batteries when you brake.

In Lagos traffic, many times your Camry will be completely silent - this is becos it would have switched to electric power! The advantage of this technology is better fuel economy for both urban and highway driving conditions. The disadvantages as far as using it in Lagos are however numerous:

1) Hybrid Camry shares very few mechanical components with the other regular Camrys.

2) Hybrid Camry may require special mechanic expertise which I doubt even the big Lagos Toyota dealerships can give you. (If your VDIM goes bad or electrical problems arise)

3) Hybrid Camry uses a different petrol engine as compared to the standard 2.4L 4Cyl engine.

4) Hybrid Camry is fitted with a CVT transmission as compared to the standard 6 speed Automatic in the regular Camry

5) Consequent upon the above stated reasons, your Hybrid Camry may be costlier to maintain (however this may not be the case if you are a meticulous user!)

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Hybrid (automobile):

The ability to run on 2 or more power sources.

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Update

http://www.cartalk.com/content/features/hybrid/

If you have high speed, listen to their show.

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Useful information. Gr8 job bro!

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not sure, but from my understandin, hybrid could be seen as multiple system which got different operational-modes, still produces the same output anyway. but not sure if these applies in locomotives

mode 1  your car might be operating on electric-power? hence burn less fuel, protect the environments

mode 2 petrol

mode 3 god knows

however verify cuz me not too sure if this is the case

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Can run on alternate power source.

Tead more here http://www.fueleconomy.gov/Feg/hybridtech.shtml

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For sale or for Personal use ?

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a pic of an hybrid car  i just bought, a 2007-08 camry

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