Did you know that more than 100 years ago there were electric cars in the United States? In fact, there were more "electric cars on the road than gas-powered ones. Today many young people are aware of the hybrid cars, vehicles that operate on "two or more fuel sources." Perhaps your family even owns one like the Toyota Prius. Many people would prefer to own them, but historically they have been beyond the reach of the average family. Take for example that electric car that was around in 1900. It was a whopping $3,000, the equivalent of $80,000 in today's economy.
Environmentally, we'd all be better off if we could all afford hybrid cars. For one thing, gasoline-powered vehicles emit greenhouse gases, a major contributor to global warming. The hybrid car uses less gasoline "so they contribute less to global warming." You'll read about the many benefits of owning hybrid cars, but essentially the reason most people don't have them is the cost factor. Simply put, they cost "about $5,000 more than a regular car". In this book you'll also learn about how the HEV (hybrid-electric vehicle) works, how an HEV saves on gas, its mechanical makeup, why it's more energy efficient, you'll learn about the PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle), alternative fuel sources, popular hybrid cars, and many more interesting facts about how they work.
This is a fun, fascinating look hybrid cars that will excite the young audience. The layout is a mix between graphic novel style panels, photographs, illustrations, and conversational text. The book will immediately draw in young readers with its Fred Flintstone style character driving his "period" Stone Age car. Hybrid cars are a high interest topic and everyone from the reluctant reader to the confident one will want to read about them. There is a timeline spanning several pages and numerous informative sidebars that add a fair amount of information to the text. For example, there is one entitled "Battery Talk" that discusses batteries currently in use in hybrids and the futuristic ones that are similar to those "found in cell phones or laptops." In the back of the book is an index and a glossary. This is a fun, informative book that you may want to consider adding to your homeschool or classroom shelves.