Hybrid Cars

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Solar power is a free, renewable resource, and it does not cause any pollution to the environment. The energy generated by solar power is definitely available for hybrid cars. The most efficient way is to use the sun’s rays to generate electricity directly. A solar power system concentrates the sunlight on mirror panels to heat up fluid in pipe. Then the heated water turns into stream which will turn the turbines in the generator. As a result of advanced technology, the cost of generated electricity has dropped to 4-5 cents per kilowatt hour. Consumers are able to take advantage of this renewable, non-polluting energy source as a power for their electric-hybrid vehicles. There are more than nine solar power plants owned by Southern California Edison Company functioning in the southern California desert. These plants work efficiently especially under the bright sun in California, so the idea that solar power can be utilized for hybrid cars is very feasible (Borowitz 109-113).
Like solar power, wind power is also clean and renewable. As people have recently seen the massive destruction of hurricanes and tornadoes, wind is an enormous energy source if it is used properly (Borowitz 145). Since 1980, the numbers of wind-power farms in California have rapidly increased. Even though only one percent of California’s electrical use is provided by windfarms, there is more potential in other states; The Pacific Northwest Laboratories of Richland, Washington, claimed that North and South Dakota can supply 80 percent of United States electricity demand using wind turbines. One might argue that wind power’s cost is high and it occupies too much space; however, with the mature technologies, the current cost is about 3 cents per kilowatt hour. In a wind farm with 100 wind turbines, wind turbines only share 5 percent of the land and the rest of the land can be used for agriculture (Borowitz 149-150). The low-cost of wind power can reduce the View More »

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