Hybrid Cars

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Last updated 8 years ago

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Hybrid Cars

This picture shows many different types of car brands that have now started to produce cars that are hyrbid in the U.S.

Energy harvesting is the process for collecting energy from the surrounding environment and converting it to electricity, and is gaining interest as a future next-generation energy source. Conventionally, electricity is supplied by either a power plant or a battery, requiring electrical wiring and replacement batteries.

ProcessIn a hydraulic hybrid vehicle (HHV) a regular internal combustion engine and a hydraulic motor are used to power the wheels. Hydraulic hybrid systems consist of two key components: high pressure hydraulic fluid vessels called accumulators, and hydraulic drive pump/motors. The accumulators are used to store pressurized fluid. Acting as a motor, the hydraulic drive uses the pressurized fluid to rotate the wheels. Acting as a pump, the hydraulic drive is used to re-pressurize hydraulic fluid by using the momentum of the vehicle. This process converts kinetic energy into reusable potential energy and is called regenerative braking.

Advantages1)These cars have the benefit of being run by a gasoline engine and an electric motor which exists for acceleration.2)There are numerous options to choose from. Honda, Ford, Toyota, GMC, and Chevrolet are a few worth mentioning.Disadvantages1) Although the battery pack comes with an extended warranty, it needs to be replaced on completing 80,000 miles. Depending on the model of your car, this battery pack may cost you anything between $5,000 and $8,000.2) Owing to their small size and light weight, they become more vulnerable to serious damage when involved in any accident, small or big.

Hyrbid Cars

HistoryAmerican car companies made 1,681 steam, 1,575 electric and 936 gasoline cars. In a poll conducted at the first National Automobile Show in New York City, patrons favored electric as their first choice, followed closely by steam.

This picture represents the top ten cities in the U.S. with the highest production of hybrid cars.


  • juliamariesay 8 years ago

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    A lot of good details and great pictures!~ Julia Sayer

  • rmdahlin 8 years ago

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    Great Detail and your pictures are fantastic!
    -Rebecca D.