Hybrids: The Future of Transport

Published on: 22 April 2015

With the rising cost of fuel and a more prominent movement of environmental consciousness, there has been a stronger interest and investment into the invention and improvement of hybrid motor vehicle technology. Hybrid motor vehicles have been designed to have a lower impact on the environment due to their lower carbon emissions, and are also more cost-effective with regards to fuel consumption.

How do hybrid vehicles work?

  1. With a normal petrol vehicle, the fuel tank supplies petrol to the engine which powers the transmission. This transmission turns the wheels and allows for the vehicle’s movement.
  2. A hybrid car contains an electric motor that provides power to the wheels, whilst containing batteries that supply the motor with electricity.
  3. The label of ‘hybrid’ comes into play when a separate petrol-powered engine is used to power a generator.
  4. This generator supplies power to the battery pack of the vehicle.
  5. The engine in a hybrid motor vehicle is very small and is designed for a set cruising speed, and is only sufficient for performing where the electric batteries cannot.
  6. The engine is not powerful enough for acceleration, but that’s what the batteries are for! The battery pack gives the car enough energy for acceleration, and recharges when the vehicle is decelerating or standing still.

Another key factor in the effectiveness of hybrid vehicles is preserving energy through a function called "Regenerative Braking." Regular cars rely on the friction generated from a brake pad-induced to slow down which is wasteful of the vehicle’s kinetic energy. Whereas with regenerative braking, some of the kinetic energy is captured and turned into electricity which is then stored in the batteries that are used to run the engine more effectively and accelerate the car.

The future of transport

It’s not hard to see why hybrid vehicles are popularly touted as the future of transport. But to conclude, let’s look at some reasons as to why we may all be commuting in hybrid cars in the not-too-distant future. 

  1. There will be a massive reduction in petrol bills.
  2. There will be a reduced demand for fuel throughout the world, leading to less pillaging of the earth’s natural resources. They aren’t called eco-friendly cars for nothing!
  3. There are much less carbon emissions, and thus less damage to the environment.

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