Service for Electrical and Hybrid Vehicles Part 2- How Hybrids Work?!

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Service for Electrical and Hybrid Vehicles Part 2- How Hybrids Work?!

There has been a significant increase in the numbers of hybrid cars on the road in the past few years and with many automotive manufacturers in the industry set to announce their own versions, hybrids will soon be as common place on our roads as the  modern diesel. With this in mind many will be asking the common question; what goes on under the bonnet?

Any vehicle which combined two or more sources of power that can directly or indirectly provide propulsion power is a hybrid, most cars on the roads are gasoline-electric hybrids however Peugeot Citroen are currently developing two diesel- electric hybrid cars.

The gasoline-electric hybrid is exactly how it sounds, the car is powered by both gasoline and electricity, which work to significantly increase the mileage and reduce the emissions of a car that runs purely on gasoline or diesel while overcoming the short comings of an electric car which is purely run by electricity. Some would say it’s the ‘best of both worlds’.

Gasoline-electric hybrid contain the following parts

  • Gasoline Engines- these are similar to that found in a ‘normal’ car however then engine in hybrids are smaller and uses advanced technologies to reduce emissions and increase efficiency.
  • Fuel Tank- in hybrids is the energy storage device for the gasoline engine. Petrol has a much higher density to batteries; i.e. it takes about 1,000 pounds of batteries to store as much energy as 1 gallon (7 pounds) of gasoline.
  • Electric Motor- this is the most sophisticated part of the car. The advanced electronics allow it to act as a motor as well as a generator. When the car needs to it is able to draw energy from the batteries to accelerate the car and also act as a generator, it can slow the car down and return the energy to the batteries.
  • Generator- acts only to produce electrical power. It is used mostly on series hybrids.
  • Batteries- energy storage for the electric motor, unlike in a gasoline which just purely powers the engine, the electric motor can also put power back into the batteries as well as drawing energy from them.
  • Transmission- this can vary depending on the make and model of the hybrid car but essentially it has the same basic function as the traditional car.

If this article has sparked your imagination then why not book onto one of our hybrid courses and train to gain today. Courses start from £350 + vat per person. 

 

 

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