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Understanding Hybrid Vehicles

Aug 6, 2008
Hybrid vehicles address two important issues in the world today. The first is global warming, and the second is the reduction of fuel costs. There are going to be many different hybrid vehicle models showing up on the radar screen, and understanding how they work will aid the consumer in getting the best value for money spent.

Hybrid models at present fall into two basic categories; electric and gasoline. The means the vehicles use a combination of both gas and electricity for power. The parallel hybrid and the series hybrid are the two most popular hybrid vehicles today. The difference between the two is in the complexity of the technology, and options used by engineers in employing hybrid systems.

In the series hybrid, an electronic motor assists the gasoline engine, such as in accelerating or times of heavy load. The electronic motor is not able to power the car on its own. Recharging the engine can be accomplished through the batteries that power the electric motor.

A parallel hybrid makes use of a similar recharging scenario. However, this type of vehicle can only be powered by the gasoline engine. A major advantage of a hybrid engine is that it is smaller, and can therefore run a lot more efficient. Normally, acceleration has required larger engines, but with the assistance of an electrical motor operating at peak load, the acceleration needs of a hybrid vehicle are adequately answered.

Another advantage of the hybrid is that it can capture energy from the braking system. Heat is captured upon breaking, and stored as energy in the battery. Additionally, an automatic shutoff in the hybrid vehicle can turn the engine off when the car comes to a stop, and then automatically restart the vehicle when the accelerator is touched. This conserves energy that can is wasted when the vehicle is idling.

Hybrid vehicles can reduce tail pipe emissions while improving gas mileage. The good news for the consumer is that hybrid technology, in all of its forms, remains relatively simple. Consumers can expect the technology to develop and improve over time. Also, costs can be expected to level off in time as well. The concept of the hybrid vehicle is here to stay, and we can all do our part for our selves, and the environment, by thinking green.

Like every major change in life, getting used to the hybrid concept will take time for many people. If you are interested in purchasing a hybrid vehicle for all the right reasons, the mental adjustment should come naturally.

Hybrid cars and trucks have become highly selling vehicle these days.

Those who have already launched hybrid-powered version of some of their models include- Ford, Chevrolet and Mercury. They also boasts a 28 to 40% fuel savings using hybrid technology.

If you still want to drive your SUV, but worry about the potential of filing for bankruptcy due to high fuel cost, then consider one of the Hybrid SUVs and trucks on the market, Your wallet will thank you.
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Anthony Coleman is a researcher offering up-to-date news, alternatives, and resources on high fuel cost. Hydrogen booster: Up to 30% Gas Mileage increase
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