Let's admit it. Hybrids are not perfect but they have have the right formula to save energy and work remarkably more efficiently than conventional models. Currently you will hear "Two-Mode", "Hybrid Synergy Drive", and "Lithium-Ion" alot in the hybrid world. These are all technologies that take efficiency to the next level. By utilizing an electric & emmission free motor in addition to a combustion engine, the vehicle may use mild assistance from the electric motor to help the gas engine or depending on the model could even pull the car with the electric power alone to a certain speed.This allows fuel economy numbers to increase significantly when combustion of fuel is not necessary.
There are three major types of hybrids. These consist of mild hybrid, two-mode hybrid, and plug-in hybrid (I will explain in detail in the "How it works" tab of the website). Hybrid technology is also gaining traction in the car market with an increasing amount of hybrid models being released. These models are not restricted to a low level of performance and in some cases, models like the Lexus GS450h and the past Honda Accord Hybrid out-performed their non-hybrid variants. Until enough research is done about cars powered without petroleum combustion, hybrids will be the technology that will help bridge the gap between now and when we won't need fossil fuels in our cars.
Full electric vehicles currently are not practical enough to be embraced by large automakers. These cars are extremely efficienct since they do not operate with gas engines at all. The main issue with them is the power output and duration of the engines however as technology advances and batteries become more advanced, full electric vehicles (FEV's) are stepping closer to becoming mainstream. Many cars have the potential of being converted to electric technology by independent organizations.