Hybrid vehicles are advanced automobiles that are built to promote the green environment and conserve fuel for the later generations. The remarkable features of hybrid cars make them a stand out amongst many traditional cars.
The engine’s working principle in hybrid cars is usually based on a different theory. A hybrid car would always work using two power sources, one from the engine that is running on the fuel and the other power source usually comes from the rechargeable Electric Batteries installed in hybrid vehicles. However, the second power source could be any other source, it does not have to be electric. It could be from any other power generation source too such as solar, hydrogen cell etc.
We would review the different technologies that are used in different hybrid cars and SUVs.
Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles – An Advanced Version of Conventional Hybrid Cars
It is a technology that is one step ahead of others and is used in most of the hybrid cars by all the big brands. A plugin hybrid vehicle is very much like a conventional hybrid vehicle, but it can be charged anytime anywhere using an electric source. This vehicle gives you the facility to extend your drive further, add more miles to your drive by using a plugin charger from any service station nearby.
Not all, but most of the plugin electric hybrid vehicles has the capability to give you two features.
- All-Electric Mode: This mode comes in handy if the car runs out of diesel or gas during travelling, the car does not stop working but it uses its energy from the electric batteries.
- Hybrid Mode: That of course means that the whole energy of car comes from the combined effect of engine as well as batteries.
Stop-Start Technology – A Fundamental Fuel Saving Strategy
This technology, when invented, was basically reserved for the fuel efficient vehicles such as green cars. But in the past couple of years automakers decided to install the same system in various common conventional cars as well. Just like the hybrid cars, this system is also meant to save the environment from hazardous emissions.
How does it serve you?
This technology is used to conserve fuel as much as possible, especially when we are waiting for the traffic lights to change to green. Just with the press on brake and with first gear, your hybrid car would turn off the engine and the same way when you would release the brake, your car engine would start automatically.
Since you will not be using a lot of fuel, you will not have to pay for the fuel that you would be using on sitting idly in hybrid electric vehicle.
Also read: Best Hybrid Cars with Best Fuel Efficiency!
Alternative Fuel Vehicles – Saving the Non-Renewable Source’s Consumption
Hybrid Vehicles have been found to be working on different fuel technologies in order to give better results regarding harmful emissions. The addition of Electric Batteries in hybrid cars was an attempt towards reducing the unnecessary gas emissions, whereas different attempts were also made towards fuel technologies. One such attempt is flexible fuel vehicles that use E85 as a fuel source.
E85 is an abbreviated term for the composition of fuel that is used as energy source for the engine of any hybrid electric vehicle or simple conventional car. It is 85% denatured ethanol fuel and 15% some other hydrocarbon. In many countries like Australia, automotive enthusiast prefer using this E85 because of its enhanced performance factors such as:
- It reduces the hazardous exhaust emissions.
- It gives inherited combustion characteristics such as high thermal efficiency, raised torque, better fuel consumption, thereby supporting the fact that it helps managing the economy in best appropriate way.
- A diversity of fuels means that you would have to depend less on the fuels that are limited on planet Earth. E85 is a diversified source of fuel, hence making the human life on Earth sustainable for many years to come.
- In some places due to low cost and high availability of E85, it is the most often used fuel source of engine than the conventional car fuels.
- It emits less CO2 volumes than a conventional gas source.
Koenigsegg CCXR – A Successful Flexible Fuel Vehicle
Flexible fuel vehicles are designed in order to maximize the engine’s performance. Koenigsegg CCXR is an environment friendly vehicle that has been known as the third most powerful production car. This car has been found to give 20% more power on Ethanol than on Gasoline. It is because of the beneficial characteristics of ethanol that results in reducing the engine knock hence increasing the performance factors.
All the technologies that are used in order to reduce the green house effects in cars deliver their purposes in a perfect manner. The greenest cars, whether they are hybrid vehicles or they are based on some fuel economy principle is always going to benefit the mankind for more than one purpose. Automakers of famous brands have been putting their efforts in generating a significantly large number of vehicles that would be working majorly on fuel economy principles, which is a great first step towards a better future.