Hybrid vehicles have caused a stir, and speculation abounds about how they work, how much they cost to buy, maintain and insure. Some of it is fact, but some of it is simply rumour.
All hybrid cars have to be plugged in
Rumour. While there are plug-in models available (the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt come to mind), the majority of hybrids available today do not need to be plugged in. Basically, the way it works is the battery is recharged while you drive, from energy normally lost over the course of operating the car.
Hybrid vehicle batteries need to be replaced frequently
Fiction. Hybrid batteries are designed to work for the lifetime of the vehicle which is why many manufacturers offer impressive warranties. Toyota for example, offers 160,000 km warranty coverage on their Prius and Highlander hybrid-related components.