Printable Version; Share this resource. Send a link to Alternative Fuels Data Center: Hybrid Electric Vehicles to someone by E-mail; Share Alternative Fuels Data News about electric and hybrid vehicles. Commentary and archival information about electric and hybrid cars from The New York Times.Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) use batteries to power an electric motor and use another fuel, such as gasoline or diesel, to power an internal combustion Chevy electric vehicles have electric range and hybrid vehicles that have gas assistance. With Chevy, there are more ways to go the distance.The U.S. transportation system primarily relies on oil to transport people and goods from one place to another. Yet the transportation sector faces risks such as Hybrid power trains use diesel-electric or turbo-electric to power railway locomotives, buses, heavy goods vehicles, mobile hydraulic machinery, and ships.All hybrid propulsion systems are run by computers. The hybrid’s computer decides which source of power to use. The switching between gas and electric is usually MAIN FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENT: Convert stored chemical power into mechanical power, to drive a vehicle, in a useful and environmentally sound way. DESIGN PARAMETER Hybrid Electric Vehicle Basics. Today’s hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) range from small passenger cars to sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and large trucks.All-Electric Vehicles. All-electric vehicles (EVs) run on electricity only. They are propelled by one or more electric motors powered by rechargeable battery packs.