Chevy Hybrid

General Motors, began building Chevy Hybrid cars, trucks and SUV's back in 2006.



Unlike much of their competition, they decided to go with two different kinds of hybrid drive systems. The first, is more of an electrically assisted conventional vehicle engine.

With it's 4 kilowatt electric powerplant, the goal was to improve economy and lower emissions at a lower cost than "conventional" hybrid cars. One of these ways, was to allow the engine to be shut off at stop lights and any time that the vehicle would be otherwise idling and wasting fuel.

This electric hybrid engine combination (stop/start) is used to get the ball rolling and restart the engine as you remove your foot from the brake and hit the accelerator.

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With it's 4 kilowatt electric powerplant, the goal was to improve economy and lower emissions at a lower cost than "conventional" hybrid cars. One of these ways, was to allow the engine to be shut off at stop lights and any time that the vehicle would be otherwise idling and wasting fuel.

This electric hybrid engine combination (stop/start) is used to get the ball rolling and start the engine as you remove your foot from the brake and hit the accelerator.

Chevrolet Mild Hybrid

Later Chevy hybrids, were created to be able to, for short periods of time, operate as a full electric vehicle.

This was accomplished using a conventional internal combustion engine (usually gasoline) to supplement the output of the electric motor at times and to also keep the batteries charged.

This development, was a significant step forward, compared to the stop/start system. While not as fuel efficient as a full hybrid, like the Ford Escape hybrid, or Toyota Prius, it increased fuel economy (mpg) and was still a less expensive alternative to a full hybrid.

It also proved to be the right combination for use in Chevy light trucks and SUV vehicles.

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In the Chevy hybrid Silverado truck, the system is designed to increase fuel economy, particularly in low speed or city driving, while having the advantage of providing a power boost when needed.

Fuel Economy

So, depending on the type of hybrid power system used, and the size of the vehicle, there are some fairly large choices in vehicle fuel economy (mpg)for the Chevy hybrid vehicles.

EPA fuel ratings range from an improvement over their conventional cousins of as little as 4 mpg in the city and on the highway for the stop/start vehicles, to a difference of 9 miles per gallon city and 8 more mpg highway, for the Chevrolet Malibu mild hybrid.

More Chevrolet Hybrid Information

For a more detailed breakdown of all years of the Chevrolet hybrid cars,trucks and SUV vehicles, check out the individual sections below.

Chevy Malibu Hybrid




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