Hybrid Cars Essay

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ABSTRACT In an era where energy conservation has become the latest topic of discussion not only among the erudite but also among the ordinary responsible denizens , fuel efficiency along with minimum pollution has become the benchmark for any new automobile. And in the same context “Hybrid Cars” come as the latest addition. By the name itself it can be inferred that a hybrid car is an improvisation to the traditional gasoline engine run car combined with the power of an electric motor. The seminar on the above topic intends to bring to notice the concepts associated with the hybrid technology through the following topics – components and constituents, need , efficiency, performance,etc. History In 1898 Ferdinand Porsche designed the Lohner-Porsche carriage, a series-hybrid vehicle that broke several Austrian speed records, and also won the Exelberg Rally in 1901 with Porsche himself driving. Over 300 of the Lohner-Porsche carriages were sold to the public. However this is more an example of electrical transmission than a hybrid vehicle. The 1915 Dual Power made by the Woods Motor Vehicle electric car maker had a four cylinder internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Below 15 mph (25 km/h) the electric motor alone drove the vehicle and above this speed the "main" engine cut in to take the car up to its 35 mph (55 km/h) top speed. About 600 were made up to 1918. There have also been air engine hybrids where a small petrol engine powered a compressor. Several types of air engines also increased the range between fill-ups with up to 60% by absorbing ambient heat from its

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