Hybrid Cars and Electric Vehicles
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Hybrid Cars and Electric Vehicles

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What is the primary function of an electric motor in a traditional hybrid car?

To support the internal combustion engine to stretch each gallon of fuel further

What is a characteristic of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)?

They require a power source to charge

What happens when the electric motor in a plug-in hybrid car drops below a specific charge?

The gasoline engine takes over

What is a benefit of using a smaller internal combustion engine in plug-in hybrid vehicles?

<p>Less expensive manufacturing costs</p> Signup and view all the answers

How is the electric motor charged in a traditional hybrid car?

<p>Through regenerative braking or the gas-powered engine</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the primary source of power for electric cars?

<p>Electric power stored in battery packs</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is required to charge an electric car?

<p>Either a standard 110-volt outlet or a 220-volt outlet</p> Signup and view all the answers

What happens to the electric power stored in an electric car's battery pack as it is used?

<p>It decreases, similar to a smartphone's battery cycle</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why is it important to charge electric car batteries optimally?

<p>To extend the lifespan of the battery</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is a benefit of hybrid and electric cars?

<p>They offer a more affordable and environmentally friendly way to commute</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is a common advantage of hybrid vehicles compared to electric vehicles?

<p>Higher fuel-efficiency ratings</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is a common drawback of electric vehicles compared to hybrid vehicles?

<p>Higher initial purchase cost</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is a characteristic of hybrid vehicles that is different from electric vehicles?

<p>Internal combustion engine and electric motor</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is a benefit of electric vehicles that is not available in hybrid vehicles?

<p>Zero tailpipe emissions</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is a common challenge faced by electric vehicle owners?

<p>Limited range of travel</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Hybrid Cars

  • A hybrid car requires an electric motor and a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) for power.
  • There are two types of hybrids: conventional and plug-in.
  • In a traditional hybrid, the electric motor supports the ICE to stretch each gallon of fuel further.
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) require a power source to charge and can take over to power the vehicle for a short distance.

Charging and Power Source

  • In traditional hybrids, regenerative braking or the gas-powered engine charges the electric motor.
  • Plug-in hybrids require a power source to charge, and the electric motor can take over to power the vehicle for a short distance.

Electric Cars

  • Electric cars, also known as “battery electric vehicles” (BEVs), don’t require fossil fuels.
  • They are powered by an enormous battery pack that stores electric power.
  • Electric cars don’t produce any tailpipe emissions, but they require charging.

Charging Electric Cars

  • Level 1 charging requires a standard 110-volt outlet.
  • Level 2 requires a 220-volt outlet.
  • DC Fast Charge juices up the battery the fastest.

Comparing Hybrid and Electric Cars

  • Hybrid cars offer higher fuel-efficiency ratings than gas-powered cars.
  • Electric cars have zero tailpipe emissions and fewer moving parts to maintain/replace.
  • Hybrid cars tend to be more affordable than electric vehicles.
  • Electric cars have a higher initial purchase cost and require accounting for charging.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros of hybrid and electric cars: reduce carbon footprint, higher fuel-efficiency ratings, affordable, environmentally friendly, and quieter ride.
  • Cons of hybrid and electric cars: complicated systems, higher purchase cost, charging can be tricky, and lacking infrastructure of charging stations.

Key Differences

  • Hybrid cars use an internal combustion engine and electric motor, while electric cars use an electric battery.
  • Hybrid cars have lower emissions, while electric cars have zero tailpipe emissions.
  • Hybrid cars have a gas engine that extends beyond a short electric range, while electric cars have varying ranges by manufacturer.

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Learn about the different types of hybrid cars, including conventional and plug-in hybrids, and how they work to improve fuel efficiency. Understand the role of electric motors and traditional internal combustion engines in powering these vehicles.

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