Learn about Hybrid Cars

July 26, 2013

The Rising Gas Prices

It is not uncommon to notice a high gasoline price when one pulls their car to the gas pump. When gas gets to be more than twenty, thirty, and forty or even fifty dollars for a full tank, one gets the idea of purchasing a car that would have great mileage. Another worry that one may encounter is concerning environmental pollution. With the current issue of global warming, people are encouraged to try by all means to minimize the release of pollutants and greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Therefore, car owners may worry about the greenhouse effect caused by their cars. It is high time to replace a conventional car with a car that would counter the greenhouse effect.

Hybrid Technology

This technology was introduced by the auto industry as a solution to environmental concerns. One of the key merits of a hybrid car is that it has a mileage that is much better compared to a non-hybrid car. Another advantage is that it uses electricity to run, which means that less greenhouse gases would be released to the environment. Therefore, hybrid technology would play a part in countering the greenhouse effect.

There are several models of hybrid cars in the market nowadays. Additionally, most car manufacturers have plans of developing their hybrid models. Some of the notable companies include Honda, Subaru, and Toyota. Each of the mentioned companies has a hybrid car or plans of manufacturing are underway. This is a clear indication that hybrid technology is beginning to gain popularity as more and more people are realizing the benefits of hybrid cars over traditional cars.

What is a Hybrid Vehicle?

Several people have possessed a hybrid vehicle at one or more times in their lives. For instance, a pedal bike that is motorized is a hybrid type. This is because it is a combination of gasoline engine power with the rider’s pedal power. In fact, hybrid cars surround us. Examples of diesel-electric hybrids are many locomotives that pull trains. Diesel-electric buses are common in most cities including Seattle. Such buses derive power from wires that are above them or when away from wires, run diesel. Other forms of hybrid cars are the submarines. While some fall under the category of diesel-electric hybrids, others fall under the group nuclear-electric hybrids. Therefore, a hybrid is any vehicle that has the ability to combine at least two power sources to provide propulsion, either indirectly or directly. A majority of the hybrid cars that are seen on roads today fall under the category of gasoline-electric hybrids.

 

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