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  Hybrid Electric Vehicles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
This vehicle is an electrically charged battery pack, coupled with a small internal combustion engine, capable of producing minimal emissions with a longer range than that of a battery run vehicle alone.
Ultimately, the hybrid electric vehicle design is to be a cost-effective, highly efficient, ultra-low exhaust emission vehicle capable of equaling or exceeding present vehicle performance, safety and customer appeal standards.
The electricity used to power electric vehicles is readily available and can be produced from a wide variety of sources including coal, natural gas, nuclear, solar and various other power sources.
www.naftp.wvu.edu /technical/indepth/Electric/HybridElectric.HTML   (1229 words)

 Hybrid Electric Cars and vehicles, Her Electric Vehicle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Hybrid electric vehicles are, again, simply those vehicles with an on-board source for generating electrical power.
The disadvantage to such a hybrid vehicle is that its piston engine has all the drawbacks of the engines in conventional vehicles: Noise, pollution (unless powered by compressed or liquid natural gas [C/LNG] or propane [LPG]) high moving parts count and poor reliability with age.
Instead of spinning a mechanical generator to produce electrical power, the fuel cell produces electricity by capturing the electrical discharges produced when certain chemicals are combined (or, as is often the case, re-combined).
www.herelectricvehicle.com /hybrids.html   (1013 words)

 Hybrid Electric Bus
BC Transit purchased six hybrid buses to evaluate environmental and economic benefits of operating hybrid electric buses in the Kelowna and the Victoria regions.
This captured electrical energy is then used to assist in powering the bus using quiet electric motors and adding to the vehicle's efficient use of the diesel engine.
Hybrid electric buses utilize two power sources: a smaller than normal internal combustion engine and an energy storage unit (the battery).
www.bctransit.com /regions/kel/news/hybrid_electric.cfm   (1658 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Hybrid Cars Work"
Most hybrid cars on the road right now are gasoline-electric hybrids, although French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen has two diesel-electric hybrid cars in the works.
An electric car, on the other hand, has a set of batteries that provides electricity to an electric motor.
The structure of a hybrid car harnesses two sources of power to increase efficiency and provide the kind of performance most of us are looking for in a vehicle.
www.howstuffworks.com /hybrid-car.htm   (1238 words)

 Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) combine the internal combustion engine of a conventional vehicle with the battery and electric motor of an electric vehicle.
The electric motor is used primarily for low speed cruising or to provide extra power for acceleration or hill climbing.
When braking or coasting to a stop, the hybrid uses its electric motor (3) as a generator to produce electricity, which is then stored in its battery pack (6).
filebox.vt.edu /users/jehunte3/PIP/papers/hybrid_electric_vehicles.htm   (701 words)

 Hybrid-Electric Drive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Unlike the mechanical torque generated by a conventional system, the hybrid's electricity can be stored temporarily in a small battery or other similar device until it's needed for extra acceleration.
Additionally, the electric motors of a hybrid vehicle can recover part of the braking energy that would otherwise be lost as heat in the brakes.
Hybrids generate their own electricity onboard, so they don't have to haul around hundreds of extra pounds of storage batteries, nor do they suffer from the short driving ranges and long recharging times of battery cars.
www.rmi.org /sitepages/pid442.php   (401 words)

 Hybrid Electric Vehicles: What is a Hybrid Electric Vehicle?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) typically combine the internal combustion engine of a conventional vehicle with the battery and electric motor of an electric vehicle.
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are powered by two energy sources—an energy conversion unit (such as a combustion engine or fuel cell) and an energy storage device (such as batteries or ultracapacitors).
Hybrid electric vehicles have the potential to be two to three times more fuel-efficient than conventional vehicles.
www.eere.energy.gov /cleancities/hev/what_is_hev.html   (367 words)

 Green Car Congress: Hybrid Electric Catamaran
The African Cats hybrid Fast Cat 435 Vector K combines a Valence lithium-ion battery or an absorbed lead-acid glass mat battery with newly designed lightweight brushless electric motors.
The all-electric version weighs less and sails faster than the model with a diesel auxiliary system; even a light 10-knot wind at 90 degrees will yield a boat speed of approximately 7.5 knots, according to the company.
Green Car Congress has a story about a new catamaran (dual-hulled sailboat): Hybrid Electric Catamaran I have a friend who is really into sailing, and I've spent a fair bit of time on her boat.
www.greencarcongress.com /2006/05/hybrid_electric.html   (645 words)

 Hybrid vehicle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hybrids other than electric-internal combustion exist, for example hydraulic and pneumatic hybrids, where compressed fluids and compressed air, respectively, are used for energy storage with regenerative braking.
Like many electric cars, but in contrast to conventional vehicles, braking in a hybrid is controlled in part by the electric motor which can recapture part of the kinetic energy of the car to partially recharge the batteries.
Hybrid drivers also benefit from a discount in their insurance if they are insured with "MORE TH>N" who recently announced a discount for hybrids drivers in the UK of up to 13 per cent.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hybrid_car   (6021 words)

 Electric Bikes Northwest
While hitherto commonly referred to as an electric bike the term that describes it accurately is 'human power augmented' as its design is based on the principle of augmenting, not replacing human power (even though some models can be ridden without pedalling on modest terrain).
If you have been waiting for an electric bike that is light, intuitive and feels and handles like a regular bicycle—while still providing plenty of power for hills—then the Giant Lite would be for you.
Whether you are looking for a compact electric bike, a folder or a top-of-the-line scooter we can highly recommend the eZee Quando.
www.electricvehiclesnw.com   (1203 words)

 Honda Worldwide | August 24, 2004 "Honda Develops Hybrid Scooter Prototype"
Thanks to a compact power system and a rechargeable nickel hydrogen battery located under the front cowl, the hybrid scooter is about the same size as the Dio Z4, a standard-size 50cc scooter, and is only 10 kg heavier.
To make the most efficient use of energy, the hybrid system charges the battery during deceleration and whenever possible and utilizes this power when higher output is required.
These advanced features allow the hybrid scooter to achieve 1.6 times the fuel economy of the Dio Z4 (when riding on flat ground at 30 km/h) and to produce 37% less carbon dioxide.
world.honda.com /news/2004/2040824_02.html   (309 words)

 FedEx Fleet - FedEx Environmental Policy - Federal Express Hybrid Vehicles
For example, if 10,000 hybrid electric vehicles were on the road rather than current standard vehicles, substantial reductions in emissions and fuel use would occur annually:
Therefore, all electrical charging of the battery is provided by the hybrid electric powertrain, and no external electrical infrastructure, such as a power cord or electrical outlet, is needed.
This balance between conventional and electric technology is an innovative method to improve environmental performance and decrease fuel use while eliminating the need for high electrical-demand infrastructure costs.
www.fedex.com /us/about/responsibility/environment/hybridelectricvehicle.html?link=4   (635 words)

 How Hybrids Work   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
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.
The electric motor applies resistance to the drivetrain causing the wheels to slow down.
In return, the energy from the wheels turns the motor, which functions as a generator, converting energy normally wasted during coasting and braking into electricity, which is stored in a battery until needed by the electric motor.
www.fueleconomy.gov /feg/hybridtech.shtml   (176 words)

 Hybrid Diesel-Electric Engines
Whenever max power is demanded for rapid acceleration or climbing steep grades, the electric motor kicks in to help.
The hybrid’s major components include a diesel-powered, engine-driven generator, a battery pack for power storage, and two 250-hp oil-cooled electric motors used to drive the track sprockets.
Since electric motors act like generators, the system also recovers and stores power during vehicle braking.
www.g2mil.com /hybrid.htm   (508 words)

 Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a hybrid which has additional battery capacity and the ability to be recharged from an external electrical outlet.
The Electric Power Research Institute of Palo Alto, along with a number of utilities and government agencies, is working with DaimlerChrysler to deliver three plug-in hybrids built on the Mercedes Sprinter platform (a 15-passenger van).
A battery electric vehicle with a range extending trailer called pusher trailers or genset trailers might also be considered a plug-in hybrid.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Plug-in_hybrid_electric_vehicle   (2499 words)

 SWEEP - Hybrid Electric Vehicles
The electricity in these vehicles comes not from plugging them in at night, but rather, is generated by the friction of braking, and is stored in on-board batteries.
The combination of internal combustion with electric batteries offers consumers the potential for significant energy and environmental benefits, including greater fuel efficiency (hybrids consume significantly less fuel than vehicles powered by gasoline alone) and significantly reduced tailpipe emissions.
The plug-in is recharged by plugging into a standard electrical outlet, typically overnight, when the demand for electric power is much lower than during daylight hours.
www.swenergy.org /resources/hybrid_electric.htm   (490 words)

 News and Information about Hybrid Vehicles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Hybrids combine the best features of the internal combustion engine with an electric motor, and they can be configured to achieve a variety of different objectives, such as improving fuel economy, boosting performance, or providing electrical power to auxiliary loads such as power tools.
The electric motor is used to assist the engine when accelerating or hill climbing and in low-speed driving conditions where internal combustion engines are least efficient.
Unlike all-electric vehicles, HEVs now being offered do not need to be plugged into an external source of electricity to be recharged; conventional gasoline and regenerative braking provide all the energy the vehicle needs.
www.fueleconomy.gov /feg/hybrid_news.shtml   (397 words)

 Glencoe Science: WebQuest
Most electric vehicles are powered by batteries, and can only go 80 miles or so before the batteries need to be recharged.
Electric vehicles were one of the first vehicles, but lost out to gasoline-powered vehicles.
You have learned about the advantages of a hybrid electric vehicle as compared to a conventional vehicle, and by what amount HEVs can reduce emissions that result in air pollution.
www.glencoe.com /sec/science/webquest/content/hybrid.shtml   (876 words)

 New Cars | Used Cars for Sale by Autobytel | New and Used Car Prices
See every hybrid on the market and learn which ones have the best fuel economy, which ones have the highest tax credits, and which ones will pay for themselves the fastest.
With a yawn, a shrug and a wave of the hand, Nissan executives debuted the 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid...
Which hybrid you choose determines your tax credit...
hybrid.autobytel.com   (87 words)

 Amazon.com: Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Books: Iqbal Husain   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Husain's book, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Design Fundamentals, is a thorough and insightful introduction to the interdisciplinary topic of traction design for road vehicles.
The basic aspects of electric and hybrid vehicles are discussed well - from overall concepts to more detailed design - and reinforced through good examples, illustrations, and exercise problems.
Starting with the historic background of electric cars, it describes the physics governing vehicle motion, the mathematical relationships within and between components, the energy sources, and the overall design of these vehicles.
www.amazon.com /Electric-Hybrid-Vehicles-Iqbal-Husain/dp/0849314666   (1134 words)

 Hybrid Electric Drive Cars
It is estimated that in a few years there will be over one million hybrid electric drive vehicles on the road.
Therefore the first section of the manual is a fairly in depth discussion of AC electric theory as opposed to DC electric theory.
Yes, AC electricity is a lot different from DC electricity in the way it behaves.
www.veejer.com /hev.html   (847 words)

 HybridCars.com - Hybrid car research and tools, community forums, blogs and info about alternative fuels and auto ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
If you are having a tough time separating hybrid truth from reality, you're not alone.
The warp-speed adoption of hybrids into popular culture—and into hundreds of thousands of American driveways—has produced more than a little confusion and misinformation.
Buying a new hybrid car could be among the tax-saving steps to take now.
www.hybridcars.com   (252 words)

 Hybrid Electric Vehicles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
A new fad on the automobile circuit is the hybrid or combination gasoline and electric using vehicle.
The commercial hybrid it commonly known as the parallel hybrid which contains a typical fuel tank which supplies fuel to the gasoline engine and a set of batteries which simultaneously run the electric engine.
This generator can then be used to either charge the batteries of the electric engine or run the electric engine directly.
webpages.shepherd.edu /BCOOPE01/hybrid_electric_vehicles.htm   (239 words)

 Clean Vehicles
It’s no wonder that highly efficient hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are being chosen by governments and businesses around the country to improve air quality, reduce dependence on imported oil, and set an example of environmental stewardship in their communities.
Hybrid Electric Vehicles Information Chart (pdf 37kb): Includes specifications such as MPG, emissions ratings, hybrid technology used, and power generation capability for current and upcoming hybrid models.
• The need for increasing the use of fuel efficient hybrid vehicles is evermore critical in light of a new study that indicates carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles are on the rise.
www.newdream.org /hev   (540 words)

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