|Electric Cars and How They
have gained their share of popularity among people
around the world in recent years. Thanks to a raised awareness on the
harmful effects of fossil fuel on the environment, car makers have
found ways to contribute to the green movement. But just because
they’re hybrid, hybrid-electric, or all electric
doesn’t mean they can’t be as efficient as their
Hybrid cars combine two power sources to make them run, mainly
electricity and and an alternate fuel such as ethanol alcohol or plant
fuel, diesel or most often gasoline. As you may know, hybrid-electrics
get better mileage unlike the standard automobile. So how do electric
vehicles compare to hybrids?
100% electric cars, it helps to know a little about hybrid-electrics.
"hybrid car" makes use of
batteries and an electric motor as well as an engine fueled by
gasoline. Because of the presence of two power sources, it has the
ability to gain higher mileage and at the same time reduce emissions.
With these two, one complements the other for increased efficiency.
Combining two power sources can be done through parallel hybrid or
Hybrid gasoline-electric cars are made of several major components such
as the gasoline engine, fuel tank, electric motor, generator,
batteries, transmission. The car engine is normally smaller than the
regular car but is more advanced that it can lower emissions and
improve fuel efficiency. The electric motor also uses advanced
technology that it can function as both a motor and a generator.
Surprisingly, one component that makes a hybrid car more efficient than
non-hybrids is the gasoline engine. Having a smaller engine
is an advantage as it contains parts that are lightweight and
the cylinders are lesser in number as well. Having a lightweight engine
enables the car to use less energy during acceleration and uphill
running and with smaller and fewer cylinders, less fuel is therefore
the power of hybrids and electric vehicles come from?
You may be wondering how a car with a small engine be as
powerful as the regular automobiles on the road. The answer goes back
to the existence of the hybrid drivetrain’s two power sources
that support each other. In other words, when a hybrid electric car
needs to run faster than normal or say, go on a steep hill, it gets
assistance from the electric motor and its batteries that provide
Fuel efficiency is the essence of a hybrid or electric car. This is
achieved through regenerative braking. What this means is that when the
brakes of a hybrid car are used, some of the lost energy is stored in
the battery for later use. In stopping the car, the electric motor can
also do it alone instead of the brakes. In this instance, the electric
motor functions as a generator and charges the batteries while the car
Fuel use can be reduced as well through engine shut off. A hybrid car
has two power sources and so it does not need to use the engine most of
the time. In the middle of a traffic jam, it can turn off its gasoline
engine. Another way a hybrid car promotes fuel efficiency is through
the use of special tires that have higher air pressure to reduce
drag.With its many benefits to man and the environment,
there’s a big possibility that today's hybrid cars will be
the link to the all electric cars of the future.
Unlike our traditional vehicles, and hybrids, electric cars are powered
by an electric motor in place of a gas engine. The electric engine gets
its power from a controller, while the controller gains its power from
rechargeable batteries. Unlike the sedans, trucks, vans, and SUV's we
drive today - the efficiency of electric cars is measured in Cost Per Mile.
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