Hybrid Cars

Hybrid Cars are those that use two or more means of propulsion. Internal combustion and electric motor cars are common hybrid cars. The electric portion of the system can be run via rechargeable batteries, or a chemical mix.

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What percent of people world wide use hybrid cars?

only 5%

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What is the highest mpg car built in the last 8 years excluding hybrids?

The highest mpg on a car is believed to be a concept Porsche. It gets about 132mpg!

The production car with the highest advertised official mpg is the SMART Fortwo coupe with 86mpg (imperial) on combined cycle.

There are a number of concept cars with higher mpg such as the VW 1L with 282mpg(imperial).

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What does 'hybrid' mean?

The combination of two different things results in the development of a hybrid.

In terms of Genetics; combination of two variant genomes from two genetically variant parents results in the development of offspring which are called Hybrids. Such as a horse and a donkey mating will produce a mule, which has advantages and disadvantages to its parents. Or hybrid roses.

In terms of a car, the use of a gas or diesel engine along with the use of an electric motor. (try "what is a hybrid car" for more on cars)

In terms of electronics engineering it could mean: a combination of digital and analog circuits, a type of integrated circuit composed of separate miniature components mounted on a ceramic printed circuit board and sealed (instead of a monolithic silicon chip integrated circuit), a combination of vacuum tube and transistorized circuits, etc.

In terms of power plant engineering it means a single power plant that uses multiple energy sources to generate its electricity. One example of this was a hybrid nuclear power plant that used the nuclear reactor to boil water to steam then a fossil fuel burner to superheat the steam before sending it to the turbines (this became unnecessary when zirconium alloys were developed that permitted the nuclear reactors to operate at the high temperatures needed to superheat the steam directly).

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What is best hybrid mpg?

AnswerThe hybrid with the best EPA rating for MPG was the original Honda Insight, which was made 2000 to 2006. 61 city, 68 highway, for the manual transmission. Of those in production, it's now the Prius.

Or perhaps you mean that best that anyone has achieved while driving one...with very careful driving on carefully selected routes, over 100 mpg is possible in the original Insight. Some people have lifetime averages on Insights in the 80s; at least one in the 90s.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid cars?

Advantages:
  • Hybrids help the environment by using less fuel
  • Since an electric car runs off a battery charged from electricity rather than fuel from an internal combustion engine, it produces far less pollution than a conventional car as electric plants can more efficiently produce energy than internal combustion engines.
Disadvantages:
  • Much slower acceleration times than a normally aspirated car. The Prius has 0 to 60 acceleration times in excess of 10 seconds, which about the same as a Honda Civic or other small car.
  • Price. While the Prius delivers fuel economy in the mid-30s, it has a price premium to where you if you were to buy a similar sized car like a Honda civic or a Toyota carolla, you would have to drive the Prius for 6 years to make up the price difference between the Prius and the small car.
  • Comfort. The Prius has been heavily criticized for it's lack of creature comforts and relatively inexpensive choices for interior appointments.
  • Environmental Impacts. Few people have examined the best way to dispose of the batteries inside the hybrid cars. The batteries are highly toxic and would have significant environmental impacts. While the batteries are recyclable, none of the manufacturers has created an end to end solution for battery disposal.
  • Maintenance on the electrical system must be done by a professional. Hybid batteries are different from gas powered vehicles. You can risk electrocution if attempted by yourself.
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What is a hybrid car?

Hybrid cars are just like the average car with an extra motor (electric) They run off a rechargeabl

These cars reduce fuel emissions because the engine draws on a bank of batteries and not just gasoline engine. The gasoline motors can be shut off and the car can run off electricity for a limited time or distance.

A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle that uses two or more distinct power sources to move the vehicle. Thors.

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Is a smart car a hybrid?

No but it may be in the near future.

Hybrid means combined propulsion and power sources, usually gasoline engine and electric motor systems that co-ordinate together via mechanical intelligence to start and stop a vehicle's motion.

With few exceptions, most hybrids have combined the increased power of electric motor propulsion and regenerative braking-power recapture to increase acceleration ability and total power available, not to enhance fuel economy more determinedly.

Smart Cars are tiny two-seat sub-micro-compact highway vehicles. They are abundant where gasoline costs $7 per gallon. They're easy to manuever and park in crowded urban areas. They get mileage equal to hybrids by virtue of their fuel sipping size and weight advantage. Think fully enclosed golf-cart hatchback coupe with a two cylinder (one?) gasoline engine, and a small battery charging system for the starter motor and electrical stuff, not for propulsion. Top speed 55 mph.

Toyota wil probably be the first to combine the size of a smart car with the propulsion system ala Prius but more compact. Perhaps within the next year or two.

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Do hybrid car batteries pollute ground water?

NO, but like any Battery, if it is punctured and the contents leak out, it is possible.

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How hybrid cars work?

Hybrid cars usually combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor to drive the car's transmission. This produces the benefits of power, performance and fuel economy. Under normal driving conditions, the electric motor drives the transmission. When additional power is needed, the power split device utilizes the gasoline engine to drive the transmission. The gasoline engine is also used to charge the batteries that supply energy to the electric motor.

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Who invented hybrid cars?

The hybrid car was invented by Ferdinand Porsche in 1899.

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What percentage of Americans use hybrid cars?

2.6%

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What are the short-comings of hybrid vehicle engines?

One negative impact is the false belief that these autos are doing something good for the environment. Some models are more cost effective and use less gas then conventional autos and these can create a slight improvement over conventional systems. The pollution created by creating these other systems though is ignored.

A small car getting 50 mpg with a conventional engine is far better, from an environmental impact, then a hybrid getting 55 mpg. Larger hybrids fair even worse.

The braking problem that is now associated with Toyota's hybrids should not be ignored either.

The greatest issue though is the increased expensive of ownership and the technology inside these automobiles. The projected lifespan is shorter for these cars (and thus the increased issue of disposal) has not really been factored into their life cycle.

Some reports falsely accuse these cars of being a greater source of pollution then a Hummer. The truth is somewhere in between. If you want a peppy little in town run about the Prius is a nice choice. Just do not buy it to help the environment. They are probably about a neutral over a conventional Aveo.

Answerits a car that runs with gas and an electric engine

or diesel and an electric engine

AnswerA hybrid vehicle is an automobile with more than one power source, such as an electric motor and internal combustion.

The overall effect is ont as environmentally friendly as one would suppose,

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Can a hybrid car idle on the battery and keep the AC running?

The Toyota Prius has electric AC, the gasoline engine will only run at idle with the ac when the battery drops below 50 %. The power steering is also electric. The same is also true for the Ford Escape hybrid. When you run the air conditioning, the gas engine will run until the a/c is fully charged then it will run off battery power.

The downside of this is that you are deep cycling the batteries and shortening the life.

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How are electric cars different than hybrid cars?

You will get your answers ...

electric cars has a lot of advantage then regular cars

energy efficiency less reparing cost and maintaining cost and all for more knowledge

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How long will a hybrid car last before the battery must be replaced?

HybridsTo be really honest, it remains to be seen. Although the Prius and other hybrids have been out for a while, apparently not enough have been sold or traded in to get an accurate estimate. It is known that once a Prius exceeds the warranty, once the batteries do die, and eventually they will, they can cost as much as $4000 to replace!

Estimates for a battery life are about three to five years. You may do slightly better if you never let the batteries deep cycle.

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It'a true that a Prius typically exceeds it's waranty period. Battery packs on the 04-09 model prius will go sometime after 175 000 km. I service and repair Prius's all day 5 days a week for a fleet of over 300.

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What does the car need if it gets no gas and no electric after parking?

NO POWER? DEAD BATTERY? NO LIGHTS? FUEL PUMP IS ELECTRIC.NO POWER,NO GAS,NO TURN ETC.

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Do hybrid cars pollute the air?

They are gas powered and produce the same CO2 and pollution as any other gas powered unit. They just produce a little bit less of it.

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What happened to the US push for more hybrid vehicles?

The popularity of hybrid vehicles goes up and down with the price of fuel. When gasoline is expensive, above $4, the extra cost of a hybrid can be offset by the furl savings.

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Why do people want to buy hybrid cars now?

Because gas prices are soaring

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What is hybrid fuel?

They use gasoline.

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Are hybrid cars really safe for the environment?

AnswerHybrid cars still burn significant amounts of petrol, so it would be a lie to say they are truly "safe" for the environment.

The most significant pollution from automobiles are at the construction and destruction end. More pollution is created during these two events then during the operating life.

As a result hubrid vehicles do use less fuel, but add considerable volumes of pollution t build. To destroy a car prematurely that worked to exchange it for a hybrid probably would be a negative affect on the environment. The basic concept of hyrid though i that they do offer a slight savings in the amount of fossil fuel consumed and therefore have a positive affect.

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How do you charge a hybrid car?

Most are charged with a gas powered engine.

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You get a check hybrid system warning in Camry hybrid in 2009?

It's not your problem. Your car must have warranty. Bring the car at the dealer place and let him to have that headache.

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How is a regular car better than a hybrid car?

I am a Hybrid technician, so I guess I can offer some input here. The question is a little strange to me, because most people ask the opposite, How is a Hybrid better than a regular car? Anyway, there are some issues to owning a hybrid that must be taken into consideration. Right now the cost of a hybrid is prohibitive. There was a study done recently by a consumer group, that calculated that in order for the hybrid to economically be feasible, gas would need to reach close to $9/gal. I don't know if that's true, but hybrids generally are more expensive than the same car in the regular gas model. Another issue is serviceability. Some shops are even afraid to change the oil on a hybrid, and honestly some shops shouldn't. While the gasoline engine part of a hybrid is the same as always, the electrical is completely different, with some areas containing voltages in the range of as much as 500 volts! Interestingly, the transmission is also part of the hybrid system, and contains high voltage. These high voltages are also a concern of rescue workers in the event of an accident. They are concerned about cutting open a vehicle to save someone, if there is a danger that the rescuer may be electrocuted. Another factor to consider is that once a hybrid is out of warranty, what will it cost to repair it? The high voltage battery, located in the rear, on a hybrid can cost over $1000.00, and requires a fork lift to remove and install. So I guess the four main areas of concern surrounding a hybrid is the initial cost, serviceability, and safety in the event of an accident, and cost of repair.

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What are the advantages of a Honda Hybrid SUV?

It is environmentally friendly. It does not use a lot of fuel which saves money. It runs a long time without a re fill on gas. It is compacted and does not emit carbon dioxide.

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