Compare Types of Hybrid Car Technologies


The new generation of diesel vehicles offers lower emissions, high efficiency, and superior performance.

E85 Ethanol

A growing number of vehicles can run on an 85 percent blend of ethanol, but finding E85 vehicles can be tricky.


Question internal combustion. Pure electric cars are here. The choice is limited for now, but high volume is coming.


Today’s gas-electric hybrids, like the Toyota Prius, are among the most fuel efficient and greenest cars among vehicles relying on internal combustion power. All-electric cars are cleaner and require no fuel, but hybrids still sell better having no "range anxiety," as well as costing comparably less, and with ability to refuel at the gas pump.


Hydrogen-powered cars are slowly becoming a reality. Limited-production models are being offered to a handful of drivers.

Plug-in Hybrid

Several carmakers have or are planning to introduce 100+ mpg-hybrids that can be plugged into the electric grid.

Small Car

The best strategy for fuel efficiency is to downsize. And there are many stylish and sporty options.


A stop-start hybrid is the simplest form of hybridization, if one wants to classify it as a "hybrid" at all, or merely an aid to efficiency. Automakers are putting this technology not only on gas-electric hybrids, but even straight internal combustion vehicles to save fuel. The engine does not need to run at a stop, and the engines are engineered so restart does not adversely affect their lifespan.