A new form of hybrid has entered the English language. Not so long ago, if you heard a snippet of conversation containing the word ‘hybrid’ you would have thought that it either referred to a rose, as in \’F1 Hybrid\’ or possibly a wolf-dog variety. However, these days, someone mentioning the word ‘hybrid’ is more likely to be referring to a vehicle.
A new sort of car that has two engines and burns far less petrol or diesel than its predecessors because it relies on modern technology. The notion of a hybrid car is not new at all. One of the first cars, well over a hundred years ago was a hybrid. In fact, that early hybrid car also used petrol and electricity from batteries.
Modern hybrid vehicles also make use of oil derivatives and electricity stored in batteries as sources of power. In essence, a hybrid car will use its petrol engine when the driver requires power, for instance while overtaking or going up hill, but it will automatically switch to the electric motor whilst the car is at a cruising speed or creeping through inner city traffic.
The change from one power source to the other is automatic and seamless. The driver might be aware of the change, but does not have to initiate that switch or even approve it.
Most hybrid cars will turn themselves off while the car comes to a halt and will start up again while the accelerator is depressed. This one feature alone saves a lot of fuel. In traffic, the car is probably using its battery-powered electric motor anyway, so it is very easy to stop and start it.
A hybrid car can be plugged into the national electricity grid to recharge its batteries, which may become necessary sometimes if the car is locked in traffic for a substantial part of the week. However, if you drive on long runs and in the city, that is give your hybrid car a balanced usage, the car will keep the batteries recharged by itself – usually by the use of alternators and the braking system.
The aspirations of governments, environmentalists and drivers are being pinned on the more widespread use of hybrid cars and here are a few reasons why:
2) the US would not have to import any oil at all from Kuwait or Iraq, if engine effectiveness was raised by 2.7 mpg
3) if US car fuel effectiveness was raised by 7.6%, then they would not have to import any oil from the Gulf at all.
Hybrid cars by and large save more than 7.6% on oil consumption, so the proliferation of hybrid cars and hybrid trucks could resolve the fuel and environmental crises being felt by Western countries and eradicate our dependence on Arab oil.