of other types of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
vehicles (HEVs) combine the benefits of gasoline engines
and electric motors and can be configured to obtain different
objectives, such as improved fuel economy, increased power,
or additional auxiliary power for electronic devices and
power tools. Some of the advanced technologies typically
used by hybrids include:
The electric motor applies resistance to the drive-train
causing the wheels to slow down. In return, the energy from
the wheels turns the motor, which functions as a generator,
converting energy normally wasted during coasting and braking
into electricity, which is stored in a battery until needed
by the electric motor.
motor provides additional power to assist the engine in
accelerating, passing, or hill climbing. This allows a smaller,
more efficient engine to be used. In some vehicles, the
motor alone provides power for low-speed driving conditions
where internal combustion engines are least efficient.
Automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes
to a stop and restarts it when the accelerator is pressed.
This prevents wasted energy from idling.
to review type of Hybrids available today.
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