From the Hybrid Leader Toyota – “Not all Hybrids are Created Equal”

Aren’t all hybrids the same? NO! The general definition of a hybrid is true – using two sources of power (in currently available hybrids that is a gasoline engine and an electric motor) to propel the vehicle down the road. The two types are full hybrids and mild hybrids (commonly used names for mild hybrids: power assist hybrids, integrated starter/generator hybrids, belt-alternator-starter hybrids, start/stop hybrids). Toyota’s recent news release markets the advantages of the full hybrid system which it has over 1000 patents to its name.

View this video from the United States Department of Energy on the differences between a full hybrid and a mild (start/stop) hybrid – Full Hybrid vs. Start/Stop Hybrid –

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Full Hybrids vs. Start/Stop Hybrids from

Toyota’s campaign is needed. There is a big difference in hybrid technologies. When researching hybrid vehicles, determine what hybrid technology is used and the fuel efficiency benefits of each. To learn more, go to

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Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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