Why Electricity Makes Engines More Efficient

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A hybrid, like the name suggests, uses both the internal combustion engine and electric motor to maximize fuel efficiency. But how exactly do they work together to do that?

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How Hybrids Work:

“Hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) combine the benefits of gasoline engines and electric motors and can be configured to obtain different objectives, such as improved fuel economy, increased power, or additional auxiliary power for electronic devices and power tools.”

Infographic: How Does a Hybrid Car Engine Actually Work?:

“Rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, the Toyota Prius has long been one of the most popular hybrid cars in the United States.”

Fuel Cells:

“A century or so ago, the number of cars on Earth numbered in the thousands. Today, there are something like a billion cars—roughly one for every seven people on the planet.”

How Alternators Work:

“An automotive charging system is made up of three major components: the battery, the voltage regulator and an alternator.”

What Is A Potentiometer In An Electric Car?

“An electric car has a motor that needs a controller and battery pack to run. The controller is connected by heavy cables to the battery pack and the motor.”

We’re One Step Closer to Creating Hydrogen Gas from Solar Energy:

“Its one the biggest questions facing the solar power industry today. How do you get a solar panel to supply a reliable, steady supply of electricity—even after nightfall or during cloudy days?”

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