Cars of the Future
Axia College of University of Phoenix
Cars of the Future
In this assignment I am going to write about Hybrids. First thing we need to know is what a Hybrid is and then how do they work. The word Hybrid means, “Any vehicle that combines two or more sources of power that can directly or indirectly provide propulsion power is a hybrid” (Nice & Layton, 2008, ¶ 4). In few years the word Hybrid has been the buzz through the auto industries, especially after the record high oil prices consumers were forced to pay in 2008. Although consumers are hearing more and more about hybrids and this new technology, Hybrids themselves have been around for years, “For example, a mo-ped (a motorized pedal bike) is a type of hybrid because it combines the power of a gasoline engine with the pedal power of its rider. In fact, hybrid vehicles are all around us. Most of the locomotives we see pulling trains are diesel-electric hybrids. Cities like Seattle have diesel-electric buses -- these can draw electric power from overhead wires or run on diesel when they are away from the wires. Giant mining trucks are often diesel-electric hybrids. Submarines are also hybrid vehicles -- some are nuclear-electric and some are diesel-electric” (Nice & Layton, 2008, ¶ 4). Most of us have seen these or even had the privilege of driving or riding in one.
Now let’s take a look at how technology has played a role in advancing the Hybrid technology into the automobiles we see on the road today. First let us take a look at the engine, what make these cars and SUV’s Hybrids is the technology of combining the combustion engine with an electric motor, creating the “gasoline-electric hybrid car” (Nice and Layton, 2008). These vehicles have a gasoline engine, fuel tank, electric motor, a generator, batteries, a transmission, and some sweet electronic accessories such as built in GPS, bluetooth, backup cameras and much more. Next, I found out that this new...
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