Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Hype Surrounding Hybrid Cars

Nowadays, hybrid cars have started becoming popular. Many people love hybrid cars because of the benefits that they can get as well as benefits to other people and the environment.

If you have a hybrid car, potentially you can cut your fuel consumption in half. If you go to a pumping station recently, you will notice that the price of gasoline is on a constant rise. With a hybrid car, you will have fewer trips to this expensive gasoline station. How would you like a car that travels sixty miles per gallon? It sounds good, doesn’t it? But there are more benefits that you can reap.

In 2005, President George W. Bush has signed an agreement that gives buyers of hybrid car huge tax breaks and thus you can save money on your taxes. Another benefit of a hybrid car is free parking and some states have made a law that hybrid cars will get discount on toll gates. Hybrid cars also emit lower level of pollutants into the air and this means less air pollution. It will enable use and others to breathe cleaner air and in the big picture, it will reduce the effects of global warming.

The technology

Hybrid technology has existed for a considerable period of time. Locomotives, submarines, and even some buses have used the technology. Hybrid technology is in fact a combination between electricity and standard technology. In locomotives, it combines diesel engine with electric engine while in submarines, it combines nuclear engine with electric engine. This is more efficient than allowing the standard engine to run alone.

Hybrid cars combine a gasoline engine and an electric motor to power the car. Therefore, when both engines are running, the load on the internal combustion engine will be lower because the electric motor will share the work. This technology will allow you to save expensive fuel and reduce the volume of toxic fumes in the air. For instance, if the hybrid car is running idle, it will switch off the gasoline engine and run on pure electricity power. This will save you plenty of fuel if you are stuck in a traffic jam.

Some hybrid cars are designed to run even when the gasoline engine is switched off. This type of hybrid car will eliminate gasoline station trips and allow you to travel without emitting toxic fumes. The braking process will be used to recharge the battery pack so it can continue its purely electric run and reduce the recharging process to your electrical outlet. Use will use the gasoline engine as a backup when the battery pack completely runs out power.
Therefore, if you want a car that is clean, quiet, and fuel efficient, then you should definitely consider a hybrid car.

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