Hybrid cars: an introduction
Have you been thinking about hybrid cars and maybe you have wondered what a hybrid is anyway? Well, in this article we hope we can help you understand them a little better.
A hybrid is very similar to the gasoline car that most people drive today, the big difference is that the hybrid also uses batteries as part of its power supply, most hybrid cars on the road right now They are gasoline-electric hybrids, although there are some that are diesel-electric, but for the sake of this article we will focus on the gasoline-electric car.
A gasoline car has a fuel tank, which supplies gasoline to the engine, which turns the transmission, which turns the wheels. The hybrid is a compromise, it tries to significantly increase the mileage and produce less emissions than the gasoline car, to be useful to you or me, a hybrid must be able to refuel quickly and deliver around 300 miles or more between refills. The fuel tank of a hybrid is very sophisticated. Advanced electronics allow it to act as both a motor and a generator. It can draw power from the batteries to speed up the car, but by acting as a generator, it can slow down the car and return power to the batteries. It takes 1000 pounds of batteries to equal one gallon of gasoline in energy. This combination can and is substantially reducing gas mileage. I’m sure things will only get better in the future for hybrid cars; They took a long time to arrive and they will not be for everyone. The cost of hybrids is not as much as one might think, although some do get quite expensive depending on the extras and options added, just like any new car.
Here is a list of what is available in gasoline hybrids on the market today and a few that will be available soon.
Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda Fit expected in 2008, Honda Insight, Hyundai Accent, expected in 2009, Chevrolet Malibu expected in 2007 Lexus GS 450h, Nissan Altman, expected in 2007, Toyota Camry, Toyota Plus,
SUVs and minivans: Chevrolet Tahoe, expected 2007, Dodge Durango, expected 2007, Ford Escape SUV, GMC Yukon, expected 2007, Lexus RX400h SUV, Toyota Highlander SUV, Mercury Mariner SUV and others will be coming in the near future.
There are enough on the market right now to see if maybe a hybrid car is for you. At first the designs look a little different, they take a little getting used to, but after a while they seem to fit perfectly and some will make you take a second look at the clever design. Take a look and maybe a test drive, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the ride and the concept of the new hybrids. They are different and will take some getting used to, but they are very necessary and will eliminate some of the other gas guzzling cars on the road today. I hope that after reading this article you have a better understanding of what a hybrid car is about, it seems that they are here to stay.