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Are Hybrid Cars The Hottest Trend?

Aug 17, 2007
Hybrid technology is not new to the world of automobiles. Ferdinand Porsche first introduced hybrid technology in 1899. However, with current pressures regarding pollution and environment concerns setting in, and fuel prices touching a new Honda and Toyota launched their Hybrid car models in 1990. Before we discuss the latest offerings in hybrid cars, let us have an overview of what is the technology behind the hybrid cars.

In simple terms, a vehicle that uses a combination of two or more sources of energy to move itself is called a Hybrid vehicle. It can be diesel-electric, nuclear-electric or gasoline-electric. A hybrid car, in present terms, means any car that has a combination of an electric motor and a gasoline (or diesel) engine. The main components of a hybrid vehicle are a gasoline engine, an electric motor, a generator (mostly on series hybrids), fuel storage container, batteries and a transmission.

There are two kinds of engines for hybrid cars. The first is a parallel hybrid. It has both a gasoline and electric motor and both work separately to move the car further. The second variant of a hybrid car is known as a series hybrid. In a series hybrid, the gas or diesel powered engine does not truly run the car by itself. It powers a generator, which in turn powers the batteries or electric motor that connects to the transmission and run the car.

The new hybrid car is very much in tune with the latest style and the liking of modern day car users. While still maintaining its purpose of saving fuel without compromising on speed or power, latest hybrid cars are very sleek. Their lightweight structure gives them an extra power and better fuel efficiency. In some models, cameras and map-reading equipment have taken place of mirrors and wheel covers to save energy. In some cars, sensors prompt the engine to shut down, when the car stops and restart when you shift gear. However, this is possible only when the car running on electric power.

The leading car manufacturers are boasting of innovations in hybrid vehicles, each day. These new models of hybrid cars are said to be even better than the conventional gas powered cars with respect to design and power.

The plus points of a Hybrid car are innumerable. It is eco-friendly, saves fuel and conserves our precious natural resources. The hybrid cars are small, efficient and available in a variety of styles.

The Hybrid car is no doubt, the future of automobile industry. By adapting it in our lives, we will definitely be doing our bit towards protecting the environment. You just need to know, what kind of vehicle to pick according to your need and lifestyle.
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Gregg Hall is a business consultant and author for many online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida with his 16 year old son. Get quality car care products from http://www.stopwaxing.com
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