|What is a hybrid?
When we talk about hybrid cars we are typically referring to Hybrid
Electric Vehicles although a number of other types of hybrid do exist.
The hybrid electric vehicle uses a standard gasoline engine as a form
of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) but combines this tried and tested
method of propulsion with the use of an electric motor to assist in the
provision of power to the drivetrain. Hybrid cars have become more
popular because of a combination of increased gas prices and because
we, as consumers, have been made more aware of the impact that gas
engine emissions have on the environment.
Series Hybrid Engine. Typically, modern hybrid cars use a
series hybrid engine. In this design, the gas engine is used to power a
generator, rather than directly powering the engine. The generator can
then be used to recharge the electric batteries or directly drive the
transmission. The gas engine used is much smaller and more compact than
in a standard car requiring less gas to run and when the car needs a
little more power (for example, when accelerating or driving up hill)
the electric motor lends a hand.
Regenerative Braking System. Almost all hybrids also
employ a Regenerative Braking System. When a standard gasoline fueled
car brakes, a lot of power is lost because it dissipates into the
atmosphere in the form of heat. In a hybrid engine, regenerative
braking enables the electric motor to deal with the braking and to
essentially collect all of the energy that would have otherwise been
lost in the process. This energy is then used to recharge the electric
batteries for further use.
Wheel Drive. Some four wheel drive vehicles use a
different method of hybrid propulsion. An electric motor powers the
rear wheels and a more efficient gasoline engine powers the front
wheels. Not only does this reduce gasoline consumption under normal
driving conditions but it completely eradicates the need for a
differential because the two sets of wheels are run on separate
Electric Hybrids And Other Hybrid Technologies. More and
more intriguing combinations of hybrid technologies, as well as new and
improved ones, are being released on a regular basis. Diesel electric
hybrids, for example, offer a number of advantages. Diesel engines are
known to suffer less wear and suffer less when being used over longer
distances. This means that gas consumption is often much lower. When
added to a hybrid engine this means an even greater fuel saving when
compared to gasoline powered vehicles. Plus, diesel engines can be run
on biofuel completely removing even the use of diesel from these
What Is A
Hybrid? Hybrid cars are becoming more and more popular. As
consumers come round to the idea of owning and running hybrid vehicles
in their now many guises, manufacturers are seemingly rising to the
challenge. It's no longer necessary to attempt to convert your own car
as hybrid technology has definitely come of age and been removed from
the back streets and back yards.
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