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The Engineering and Benefits of Hybrid Cars

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With today’s gas prices sky rocketing many people are looking for alternative means of transporting themselves. The auto-industry as a whole has also addressed some of the issues, and the technology has advanced enough where it has risen to occasion and produced a hybrid car. A hybrid car is one that runs on both standard fuel and electricity. But how does a hybrid actually work? Are they cost-effective?

They are Ubiquitous

Hybrids are all around us, and yet we hardly realize it. For example, a moped scooter is a hybrid vehicle. It combines the fuel from the engine along with the power of the rider’s foot to travel. Many city buses are hybrids, using both diesel fuel and electricity to transport people. More so, some submarines are hybrid vehicles, combining both nuclear energy along with electricity.

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Gas Car Meets Electric Car

The hybrid car typically combines the standard gas engine, along with a set of batteries that powers an electric motor. In order for a car to be effective and useful it needs to be able to transport us certain distances, be reliable, and be easily fueled. The standard car meets the requirements but has pretty poor gas mileage, and usually is rough on the environment. The completely electric car is somewhat inconvenient and is not easily able to charge, while also having a low travel expectancy. The hybrid car seeks to marry the two.

The Engineering

The hybrid car has the traditional set up of normal car, complete with a transmission, and gas engine. But also comes equipped with an electronic motor with a battery pack designated just for that motor.

One of the many benefits of a hybrid car is how they recover energy, which often integrates power inverters as featured on Don Rowe. Whenever you break in your car you lose energy from the car. The faster you are going, when you break the more energy you lose. However with hybrid, the electronic motor is typically able to harness some of the wasted energy from breaking and put it back into use of the car.

Also the hybrid is able to completely shut off the gas engine. Hybrids aren’t necessarily bound by gas engines because there is an alternate power source. Therefore, if the car is going slow enough or it is stopped at a red light the engine is turned off.

Not Just Economical

The hybrid is also much more aerodynamic than other car models. When you are speeding down a freeway almost all the work your car is doing is using energy to push itself down through the air. The hybrid lessons this obstacle by getting rid of as much surface space as possible in the front the of the car and thus reducing the aerodynamic drag.

Finally the hybrids use less resistant tires. The tires used by conventional cars are often quite heavy and cause an alarming amount of drag. The hybrid uses stiffer tires, which are also inflated, to a higher level for more effective gas mileage.

The hybrid may not be fit for every mode of transportation, but for the normal city goer it is definitely an investment to look into.

About Author: Ever since graduating with a Bachelors in Communications, Ben has enjoyed opportunities to write vocationally while living in California.

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