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Top Facts about the Future of Hybrid Cars

VOLT_BATTERYThe world is increasingly adopting the hybrid car technology. The drive and increase in demand has been pushed by the increasing environmental awareness by the general population. The increasing cost of fuel has also played a significant part in getting many car owners to adopt hybrid car technology.

Most of the forefront supporters of electrification of the automobile industry say that the motor vehicle industry in the United States accounts for over 70% of all of the oil consumption in the United States. It is also surprising to note that the industry accounts for over 30% of the greenhouse gas emissions recorded in the country.

Despite this alarmingly high numbers, there is still some hope for the future. There are a number of positive drivers in place that are sure to ensure that the number of electrified vehicles in the future will be relatively higher compared to the gasoline powered counterparts.

For automakers to stay in business, they will need to make significant advancements in cleaning up in their fleets and electrification provides an ideal way of doing this. In the future, it means that automobile companies will have to introduce more hybrid and electric cars in their product portfolio. The less gasoline they are willing to use, the easier it is for them to improve on their average mpg scores. This means that there will be more pressure for alternatives such as plug-in hybrids, and all electric vehicles so that they can boost their capabilities and push efforts for even further improvements to meet the expectations of consumers and regulatory agencies.

Automakers are also trying to get better efficiency from their internal combustion engines. We expect them to roll out 8-9 or even 10-speed transmission technologies.

The zero emissions feature of the electric cars will come in very handy because there is no technology that can beat that in the near future. This will greatly affect fuel cell electric vehicles since there will be greater pressure for them to improve their effectiveness.

Battery powered vehicles will benefit from their regulated grid since it will be required to become cleaner. Despite the fact that there has been a greater push for the adoption of renewable sources of energy such as geothermal power and hydroelectric power, the adoption of electric and hybrid car technology will play a significant part in environmental campaigns. The world is continually pushing for it and electric vehicles will make more sense at time moves forward.




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Positives from Hybrid Cars Technology

Nissan_LeafThere are many positives that we can draw from hybrid car technology. Research and experience shows that electric cars alone convert more than 80% of their energy supply to usable propulsion power. Gasoline powered vehicles have a conversion rate of about 20%. This is relatively low considering the fact that there has been an increased push for the world to adopt more environmentally friendly sources of energy. The hybrid cars have a higher conversion rate and since these are relatively more affordable compared to the pure electric vehicles, these offer a viable option for the mid-income people.

The best gasoline powered engines in the market, in most cases, consume relatively more energy and usually produce more heat than required. The only thing that has been holding back the adoption of the electric vehicles in the market is the fact that electric vehicles work efficiently with limited energy storage batteries.

At this point in the development stage of electric car technology, it does not make much sense, because of the weight of the batteries and short travel distance. However, the tipping point will be achieved when someone makes improvements on the technological equation.

Most of the automakers in the market are increasingly making improvements on the energy storage of their vehicles. Some of the vehicles to be introduced in the near future, such as the next generation EVs like the Nissan Leaf may have energy storage capabilities of up to 180 miles. This may come from improvements in the chemistry of the vehicles.

Consumers are increasingly demanding higher ranges. It is for this reason that established companies such as Tesla are determined on building a 200-mile range EV that will be sold at a price closer to that of the Leaf. It is also encouraging to know that improvements in technology such as advancements in super capacitor technology will play a significant role. These are technologies that are nearing their commercial readiness. There has been some very promising research in the pipeline for the lithium air, solid-state batteries, and aluminum air batteries. Advanced military and aerospace players are already using this because the technology has better energy density compared to the lithium-ion alternatives.

A good example is the Israel-base Phinergy that showcased its aluminum-air battery and the efficiency that comes with the technology. The company formed a partnership with a Fortune 500 giant, Alcoa, and has been working on advancing this technology. This technology will sure go a long way in improving the hybrid car technology for the future.


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