Hybrid Vehicles, Old Company System
Hybrid vehicles could significantly change the outlook of the motor industry owing to the numerous benefits that it offers to the environment. Being that it utilizes a smaller engine, it is better that the usual petrol based engines because it allows for greater fuel economy. In addition, it has fewer environmental emissions thereby preserving the integrity of the environment and human populations in it.
Despite these advantages, hybrid vehicles face numerous challenges that have significantly affected its operation. Its fuel source is not sustainable making the complete shift to electric vehicles quite challenging. A careful balance between functionality and size of its battery among other components has to be greatly researched and achieved. Increasingly, research is being targeted at achieving this balance making the design of these vehicles an ongoing process.
[...] Global adoption of hybrid vehicles Figure Source: Toyota USA Newsroom Why is technology necessary in this work field? Technology is necessary due to the need to apply the vast body of scientific knowledge present in the field. For example, science shows that it is possible to create movement using electrical current (Soltis 30). Hypothetically, rechargeable batteries exist and they can be used to store the electrical energy necessary to propel vehicles. Hypothetically, this appears like an easy proposition, but the application is proving to be harder than can be expected, especially because these cars are supposed to compete with the combustion engine powered cars. [...]
[...] Furthermore, innovation of high-capacity batteries will enable manufactures to come up with bigger vehicles that are economically viable. Some design and engineering company are on the drawing board to developing wireless charging of electric vehicles. ARUP Company is at the forefront of electric car infrastructure design and is developing Induction Power Transfer (IPT) system, which will enable cars charge without cables. IPT will see designated stages of the driveway offer charging services while the vehicle is in option and without use of electric cables (Slezak 57). [...]
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[...] This increased inefficiency in the cars. From this, it is apparent that there is need for more technological research because scientific research is proving non-applicable (Mom 25). However, technology is proving to be the essential key to the success of implementation of these vehicles. So far, these smaller engines have been deemed more efficient than the bigger ones simply because of various fuel economy features that have been included. The smaller engines found in hybrid vehicles are lighter in weight there requiring less overall energy to move from one point to another. [...]
[...] The attempt to come up with electric cars can therefore be attributed by man's quest to search for an alternative source of power to drive cars due to the ever diminishing sources of natural fuel (Westbrook 76). This field mainly uses mechanical technology because the main use of cars is mobility. However, the means to create the mobility, the propulsion, is powered by electrical technology. For example, the initial motors used top power these cars were too big and required many batteries. The problem is that even enough power to create movement, the cars still tends to exhaust the source in a short time. [...]
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