Hybrid Cars

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The electric motor on a hybrid car is very sophisticated. Advanced electronics allow it to act as a motor as well as a generator. For example, when it needs to, it can draw energy from the batteries to accelerate the car. But acting as a generator, it can slow the car down and return energy to the batteries. The generator is similar to an electric motor, but it acts only to produce electrical power. It is used mostly on series hybrids. The batteries in a hybrid car are the energy storage devices for the electric motor. Unlike the gasoline in the fuel tank, which can only power the gasoline engine, the electric motor on a hybrid car can put energy to batteries as well as draw energy from them. The key to a hybrid car is that the gasoline engine can be much smaller than the one in a normal gasoline powered car and makes it more efficient. According too Maggetto, ¡§this smaller engine can provide the power your car needs to keep up with the more powerful cars on the road. Compare a car like the Chevy Camaro, with its big V-8 engine, to the hybrid car with its small gas engine and electric motor. The engine in the Camaro has more than enough power to handle any driving situation. The engine in the hybrid car is powerful enough to move the car along on the freeway, but when it needs to get the car moving in a hurry or go up a steep hill, it needs help. That "help" comes from the Hybrid Vehicles 4 electric motor and battery this system steps in to provide the necessary extra power¡¨. Besides a smaller, more efficient engine, hybrids use many other tricks to increase fuel efficiency. Some of those tricks will help any type of car get better mileage, and some only apply to a hybrid. According too Gottlieb (1994), ¡§To squeeze every last mile out of a gallon of gasoline, a hybrid car can: „h Recover energy and store it in the battery - Whenever you step on the brake pedal in your car, you are removing energy from the car. The faster a View More »

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