Technology is designed to help us in all areas of our life, not just in entertainment. And one of the fields where more progress has been made in recent years is definitely the automotive, through the manufacturing and marketing of hybrid cars and electric cars. But have you ever wondered what those first ones are and how they work? Here we explain it to you.
What is a hybrid car?
As the name implies, a hybrid car is one that has 2 fundamentally different methods that energize it: fuel and electricity. In the world there are cars that run on gasoline and cars that run on electricity, but there is also the hybrid type that takes advantage of the 2 technologies to offer a cheaper and more efficient solution.
How does a hybrid car work?
Basically, a hybrid car includes 2 engines, one gasoline and one electric and uses them simultaneously or parallel depending on the situation to be energy efficient. Although the gasoline engine is used when a lot of power or speed is required, the electric motor serves to energize the vehicle when you are going at a constant speed or when you do not require much power. In addition, the electric motor can be used to energize some basic functions such as the air conditioner or the car’s water pump, without the need to use gasoline for this.
What are the advantages of a hybrid car?
First of all, hybrid cars are aimed at energy efficiency. That means that they combine the 2 engines intelligently to only use the engine that is necessary at the time that is necessary.
Considering that the fuel engine is only going to be used for tasks in which power is necessary, and the electric one to keep your constant low speed and operate the systems, you will never use neither so much electricity nor so much gasoline. So, the gasoline will last you much longer, since the car can rely on the second energy system to work. In addition, the electric motor is charged while you are losing speed or when you plug in the vehicle at home, so you will also have to spend much less time at the gas station.
The second great advantage of hybrid cars is the ecological one. It is no secret that getting and using fuel is an expensive and exhausting process for our planet, because we squeeze it for a non-renewable resource and also collaborate to create a greenhouse effect that triggers climate change. Using a hybrid car is a good way to at least reduce your carbon footprint.
Although the most ecological solution would be to use a 100% electric car, these can be worth millions of pesos, since they use a completely different system from the conventional one. Therefore, the last big advantage of a hybrid car is that it offers the best of 2 worlds: helping the planet, but also being affordable enough that a regular person can buy it.
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