The great technological advancement in hybrid cars is their regenerative braking, and the battery recharging that is possible as a result. Braking in a hybrid vehicle allows for some of the energy to be recaptured, and charged back into the electric batteries for cars like the Honda Insight and Civic hybrids. Because of this technology, hybrids are great for the environment. Even though the production of their batteries puts out more contaminants and greenhouse gases than traditional vehicles, the reduction in emissions over the life of the vehicle more than makes up for it.
Because hybrids use far less fuel than traditional vehicles, they are very attractive to anyone looking to be more environmentally responsible. Consider that the Honda Civic hybrid averages about 44 mpg, and the very fir