Many people think of clean transportation technology including the development of hybrid cars as a modern invention. The truth is that the first hybrid vehicle was constructed over a century ago. While it is also true that eco-friendly hybrid cars have existed in some form or another for over a hundred years, hybrid motoring has drastically changed over the decades and new innovations continue to develop and improve.
Some of the benefits of electric cars (EV’s) include:
• Lowering fuel consumption
• Reducing carbon dioxide emissions
• Reducing nitrogen oxide emissions
• Reducing the need for oil
In a nutshell, both hybrid electric vehicles (HEV’s), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s) and electric vehicles (EV’s) can help increase energy security, drastically improve fuel economy, lower fuel costs, and reduce emissions.
Reducing U.S Oil & Gasoline Consumption
With planetary resources running low, many of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers are involved in the development of fully electric and electric hybrid vehicles. Research indicates that the United States alone imported approximately 33% of the petroleum consumed on a yearly basis with transportation being responsible for almost three-quarters of its use. Utilizing plug-in hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles instead of conventional vehicles can help the United States decrease its use of petroleum and petroleum based products. Electricity in the United States is produced by domestic coal, nuclear energy, natural gas and renewable resources.
Electric Car Efficiency VS Gas
Electric vehicles are able to achieve much better fuel economy and have much lower fuel costs than their more traditional counterparts. For example a Honda Civic Hybrid has an EPA combined city and highway fuel economy estimate of 44 miles per gallon, whereas the estimate for the conventional fuel driven four cylinder automatic is 32 miles per gallon. Electric vehicles dramatically reduce fuel costs primarily because of the low cost of electricity in relation to conventional fuel and because they rely on electric power. Fuel economy is measured differently when compared to conventional vehicles utilizing the basic calculation of miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (mpge) and kilowatt-hours (kWh) per 100 miles for example a light-duty electric vehicle can exceed 100mpge and can drive approximately 100 miles while consuming only 25-40 kWh.
Difference Between Electric & Hybrid Cars
One of the greatest advantages to owning an electric car is the complete lack of emissions and as a fully electric vehicle does not have a fuel tank or an exhaust system it also means they are very quiet to drive. Electric vehicles are fueled by a rechargeable battery that does not have to be charged via a gas engine unlike hybrid cars which use a gas engine in conjunction with the electric components of the car. Maintenance of electric cars is also very simple as there are not as many moving parts which mean that fewer things can go wrong when compared to conventional gasoline powered vehicles.
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