Hybrid vehicles

Something I cannot find the answer to, does the petrol engine generate power to drive an electric motor like diesel electric trains or are they connected to the drive train whilst charging the batteries?


They are connected to the drive train. The petrol engine drives when cruising, both are used during heavy acceleration and electric only when going slow. At least that’s how the Prius works.


Oh, the petrol engine charges the batteries as does regenerative breaking.

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