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New Energy Standards for Automobiles
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What is a Hybrid?

Hybrid cars are simply a car that employs multiple energy sources to create energy. Currently, the most common hybrid is the gas-electric hybrid. Hybrid cars are an excellent way to bridge the gap to newer alternative fuels. The biggest issue with most alternative fuels is the accessibility/convenience issue. By providing a hybrid car that runs on gas with an electric motor supplementing energy production, we can increase our mpg which lessens air pollution, decreases our dependence on foreign oil, and even re-captures the energy lost in most gas cars.

Basic Functionality of a Gas-Electric Hybrid

leaf The gas-electric hybrid is similar to any regular gas car with a couple basic changes. The engine and gas tank are smaller and more efficient. There is an electric motor, a generator and a much larger than usual battery. The battery supplies electric power to the transmission to help propel the car and minimize the amount of gasoline used. The generator is able to recapture energy from braking as well as the motor (i.e. when coasting towards a stop or going downhill) and restores this energy in the battery. If the battery gets low on power, the gasoline engine will recharge it.

The Best Hybrid Car Models

This all depends on what you are using the car for. If you need to transport 5 soccer players to practices, games, etc., 3 times a week, a small hybrid car won't work for you. Much like many sporting events are broken into weight class, when we evaluate the performance of a hybrid car, we need to do it within the confines of the car class.

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