Hybrid Cars And The Electric Motor

957 Words Dec 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Hybrid cars have been around for a long time. Much longer than any of us have even thought. The first battery powered machines came way earlier, but for the hybrid cars we think of today, these models started coming out around 1888. “A vehicle is a hybrid if it utilizes more than one form of onboard energy to achieve propulsion. In practice, that means a hybrid will have a traditional internal-combustion engine and a fuel tank, as well as one or more electric motors and a battery pack.” (Edmunds) The gas is used to fuel the car but the main source of the power comes from the electric motor. There have also been companies, like Porsche, who have created hybrids that used an internal combustion engine that would turn a generator that powered an electric motor. A car with just the electric motor is not a hybrid, it’s just an electric car. Many companies have seen the growing field of hybrids cars and plan to expand their showcases with these new cars. Some of these companies include Honda, Volvo, and Cadillac.
These hybrid cars have been tested and matched up against conventional cars in almost every category possible. One of the main, and important, categories is the gas mileage, and this is one of the best reasons why people decide to go for these hybrid models. For a regular, conventional engine, vehicle, there is only one source of energy powering the engine, and therefore the car, and we all know that is gasoline. But with the hybrids, there is that second energy…
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