What’s a hybrid?

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It’s hard to believe now, but hybrids – cars like the Toyota Prius – once were considered exotic vehicles with mysteriously complicated powertrains.

The hybrid powertrain is a bit complex, but the cars, which debuted in the U.S. in 1999 with the first generation Honda Insight, followed rapidly by rival Toyota’s Prius, are now commonplace with nearly four dozen models on the market.

Still, it’s nice to know what’s under the hood, and elsewhere.

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