With an increased focus on environmentally-friendly vehicles, global car manufacturers are increasingly developing ‘hybrid cars’ which are powered by an electric motor and a standard combustion engine (also known as a hybrid engine). The electric motor does not require fuel and is powered by rechargeable batteries, while the hybrid engine is smaller and more fuel-efficient (compared to combustion engines offering similar power); this makes hybrids eco-friendly vehicles. As of this year, hybrid cars now account for approximately 10%* of the global vehicle market.
This move to go ‘green’ was not voluntary because of the higher cost of the equipment required during the design, research and performance testing of hybrid cars. Despite this, luxury automakers – including Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren – known for rolling out super and hypercars, are now focusing on hybrids. This is partially driven by the fact that an electric motor gives added horse power and torque. Continue reading