Understanding Hybrid Electric Cars

Numerous people are intrigued by hybrid electric cars and how the technology works. To put it simply, hybrid electric cars are party battery-electric and part conventional cars.

The underlying technology of all hybrid vehicles is the utilization of a short-term energy storage device (like a battery), which allows the main engine to be operated at close to its maximum efficiency. In hybrids, the wheels can be either directly powered by the engine or from a battery-powered electric drive-train. In both forms, when the engine loading is low, the surplus energy is gathered for later use. When the car needs to have more energy, the main engine and the energy storage drive operates together to bring the needed energy. Through this, hybrids have better fuel economy and reduced emissions.

Hybrid electric cars are categorized as either ‘mild’ or ‘strong’ to show the degree of battery power embedded into the design, with strong hybrids capable of spending more time in electric-only mode.

Majority of hybrid electric cars work in electric mode at low speeds, which makes them advisable for city driving. Battery storage allows the use of regenerative braking which replenishes the battery when braking, further lessening overall fuel consumption. Fuel is distributed from fuel pumps in a similar manner to those of conventional cars. Indeed, the greatest benefit of gasoline-powered hybrid cars is that they do not need a special type of fuel.

Hybrid electric cars serve as an excellent middle ground between traditional gas-powered cars and pure electricity-based cars. It may also become a great way to introduce electric cars to the general public.

It is especially crucial nowadays as the price of electric cars are still too unreachable for most people. Because the driving range and fuel economy of hybrids is greater than conventional engines, there are no boundaries on the uses of this kind of technology. And since there are no technological hindrances to their use, hybrid electric cars hence have a huge potential to become the next standard automotive technology of the next decade.