If you are looking for an environmentally friendly alternative vehicle that is still capable of keeping up with the flow of traffic and can provide you with luxury, then a hybrid vehicle at Budds’ BMWi is for you! Hybrid electric vehicles combine the benefits of gasoline engines and electric motors. They can be designed to meet different goals, such as better fuel economy or more power. The most advanced hybrids have larger batteries and can recharge their batteries from an outlet, allowing them to drive extended distances on electricity before switching to gasoline or diesel. Known as “plug-in hybrids,” these cars can offer much-improved environmental performance and increased fuel savings by substituting grid electricity for gasoline. Continue reading this page for more information about a hybrid vehicle at Budds’ BMWi.
A hybrid vehicle at Budds’ BMWi is built with several advanced technologies:
Regenerative Braking. Regenerative braking captures energy normally lost during coasting or braking. It uses the forward motion of the wheels to turn the motor. This generates electricity and helps slow the vehicle.
Electric Motor Drive/Assist. The electric motor provides power to assist the engine in accelerating, passing, or hill climbing. This allows a smaller, more-efficient engine to be used. In some hybrids, the electric motor alone propels the vehicle at low speeds, where gasoline engines are least efficient.
Automatic Start/Stop. Automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and restarts it when the accelerator is pressed. This reduces wasted energy from idling.
What is the difference between a hybrid vehicle at Budds’ BMWi and an electric vehicle?
Both electric cars and hybrids have battery packs and electric motors. The main difference between the two is that electric cars charge their battery packs by plugging into the electricity grid while hybrids do not. Because they have rechargeable battery packs, electric cars deliver guaranteed all-electric driving distances, unlike hybrids that only use the electric motor when you first accelerate and when you come to a stop.
For more information about a hybrid vehicle at Budds’ BMWi and to find information about our BMW i3 and i8, please feel free to continue browsing through our website. We can be reached at (905)845-3577 or by filling out our contact form.