Future is now, if you want. While media, governments and many people cry about oil prices rise, the alternative is here. Some car industries think from a long time to hybrid cars, and some of these are available to market.
* On-board rechargeable energy storage system (RESS) and a fueled power source (internal combustion engine or fuel cell)
* Air and internal combustion engines
But the term most commonly refers to Hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) which includes internal combustion engines and electric motors.
The chief executive of the Toyota Motor Corporation said on January 14th that he is pushing his company’s engineers to develop a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle with a lithium-ion battery before 2010, considering the race with General Motors.
Toyota said that the company welcomed a competition with G.M., which plans to introduce its own lithium-ion hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt, around 2010. The contest would help reduce the “negative aspects” of automobiles, and ultimately help the environment.
Toyota’s best-selling hybrid, the Prius, runs on nickel-metal hydride batteries. Lithium-ion batteries, like those used to power digital cameras and other small electronic devices, can potentially hold a longer charge than nickel-metal hydride versions, but they are also more expensive than others.