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How The Hybrid Battery System Works To Provide Needed Power

Oct 18, 2007
When you look at the history of the automobile industry, hybrids will go down in history as one of the most revolutionary advancements. Due to the increase in greenhouse gases and other negative impacts which gasoline powered vehicles have, hybrids have more and more importance within the world today. When you look at buying a hybrid, you often know you'll be saving money and reducing emissions from your car. Most individuals do not have an idea of how this happens and that is the purpose of this article. This will give a quick overview of how the battery system works with any hybrid car.

When you look at the engine of a hybrid car, there is not one main component but rather two main components which come into play. There is an electrical component to the car as well as a gasoline component to the car. With most hybrid cars, if the car is idling, it is running on electricity. If the car is moving, the gasoline portion of the engine is in use. The car is smart enough to realize when to switch between the gasoline and electrical portions of the motor. If you find yourself at a stoplight, the electrical portion of the motor will be in use and when the light turns green, the gasoline portion of the engine will take over.

The previous paragraph gave a quick overview of how the engine of a hybrid car works. When you look at the design of hybrid cars, there are two basic designs in use today. One involves an electric motor, batteries, and the gasoline engine all being connected to the transmission. Both the electrical portion and the gasoline portion of the engine are able to run the car and push it so that it can move. This is called the parallel hybrid car. The other type of hybrid car comes with the name of the series hybrid car. The gasoline is not connected to the transmission but rather only the electrical portion is connected to the transmission. The gasoline is connected to the electrical generator so that it can charge the battery and power electric motor. Within both these types of vehicles, the batteries are the key. They store the energy for the electric motors. With hybrid cars, electrical motor pool takes energy from the batteries while also continuing to put energy into the batteries. This deleted the need for anyone to have to plug your car in every night to recharge the batteries. This was a common flaw with the early hybrids which has been corrected since then.

Hopefully this article on how the battery system works as giving you more of an insight into what goes on beneath the hood. It is important so that you can better understand in case anything ever comes up, you can understand what the mechanic has to say.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his beautiful wife and family in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about cars as well as car cleaning products at http://www.5starshine.com
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