Hybrid Cars: Friend or Foe?

By (-= Robert Smith =-) 

Intro

Have you ever wondered what the word hybrid means?  If you read my report, you will know what it means, and a lot more.  You will learn what a hybrid car is, the history of a hybrid car, how a hybrid car works, and the dangers or problems of a hybrid car.

What it is

        Have you ever wondered what a hybrid car is?  According to Julia Layton and Karem Nice, a hybrid car is a car that runs on two or more sources of energy to move around. (howstuffworks.com) Hybrid cars usually use gas and electricity, but there are other things as well.

       Did you ever hear about hydraulic hybrid cars?  According to world book encyclopedia, “a type of hybrid vehicle includes a hydraulic motor-generator and an accumulator for storing fluid under pressure. The fluid is discharged into the system to operate the generator.” (World book enclyclopedia.com)  Well, I guess a lot of things use hydraulics, why not hybrid cars?

       This paragraph is about UPS delivery service’s use of hybrid cars.  According to Jamie Deaton Page, UPS uses hybrid cars because they deliver so many things and hybrids are gas efficient. (howstuffworks.com) That is a good thing.  I mean, with all of the global warming and everything.

       This paragraph is about why the hybrid car is so great.  According to Julia Layton and Karem Nice, hybrid cars are so great is because hybrid cars are more gas efficient because they run on electricity and gasoline, which eliminates the need for a huge engine. (howstuffworks.com) Hybrid cars are great!  That is sweet!  I like that.

      

History

       This paragraph is about the inventor of the hybrid car.  According to Wiki.answers, “The hybrid car was invented by Victor Wouk.  Victor Wouk was born in New York City. He was an electrical engineer and entrepreneur and who received a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1939.” (wiki.answers.com) He must have been a genius.

       This paragraph is about Honda’s hybrid car.  According to Julia Layton and Karem Nice, “The Honda Insight, which was introduced in early 2000 in the United States, is designed to get the best possible mileage.” (howstuffworks.com) Sweet!  I want one of those!  That would be so totally cool!

        Did you know that Honda has made a hybrid car?  According to Julia Layton and Karem Nice, “The Toyota Prius, which came out in Japan at the end of 1997, is designed to reduce emissions in urban areas.” (howstuffworks.com) Yet, another example of an awesome car.  That would be cool to have two.  Although, I think that I would rather have a Toyota Prius.

How it works

       This paragraph is about the electric engine.  According to Julia Layton and Karem Nice, a hybrid car runs on the electric motor until it hits about 40 mph. (howstuffworks.com) Now that is very gas efficient.

       This paragraph is about the power split device in a hybrid car.  According to Julia Layton and Karem Nice, in a hybrid car there is a nifty little device called the power split device.  It does just that, splits up the power and divides it equally to the different parts in a hybrid car. (howstuffworks.com) I think that is really cool.  Now all of the parts in a hybrid car have equal power.

       This paragraph is about shifting gears in a hybrid car.  According to Julia Layton and Karem Nice, the power split device in a hybrid car hooks everything together.  It also acts as a CVT (continually variable transmission), eliminating the need for manual or automatic transmission. (howstuffworks.com) That is awesome!  All you have to worry about is the gas and brake pedals, and the steering wheel.

       This paragraph is about the different types of hybrid cars.  According to Julia Layton and Karem Nice, there are series hybrids and parallel hybrids. (howstuffworks.com) That is really cool.  It gives you a choice between them.

Dangers or Problems

        Hybrid cars pose a threat to blind pedestrians.  According to Martin Zimmerman, “Jana Littrell certainly thinks so. Littrell, who is blind, was walking through a bank parking lot in the East Bay town of Albany a year ago when her foot was run over by a Toyota Prius backing out of a parking space. She wasn't injured and the driver apologized effusively, she recalled. But the experience shook her up.” (latimes.com) I think that somebody should invent something that blind pedestrians can hear and put it on hybrid cars.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading my report.  Now you know what a hybrid car is, the history of a hybrid car, how a hybrid car works, and the dangers or problems of hybrid cars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

 

 

Bibliography

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/hybrid-car.htm

Layton, Julia and Nice, Karem

How Hybrid Cars Work

April 28, 2008

This is a great article with a bunch of advertisements (unfortunately) and it tells all about hybrid cars and how they work.

 

Bibliography

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_invented…

Wikianswers

Who invented Hybrid Cars

April 29, 2008

This is a short article that tells who invented the hybrid car and a little about him.  There are lots of advertisements.

 

Bibliography

http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar751385&st=hybrid+cars

World Book Encyclopedia

Hybrid Car

April 30, 2008

This is an article that gives a lot of information on hybrid cars.  Since it is world book encyclopedia, there are no advertisements.

 

Bibliography

http://www.latimes.com/business/printedition/la-fi-garage29mar29,0,6250402.story

Zimmerman, Martin

Blind Pedestrians may not hear hybrid cars

May 1, 2008

This is an article from the new york times website about the threat that hybrid cars pose to blind pedestrians because they are so quiet.  There are advertisements.

 

Bibliography

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/hydraulic-hybrid1.htm

Page, Deaton, Jamie

How Hydraulic Hybrids Work

May 2, 2008

This is great article that tells all about how hydraulic hybrids work.  There are a bunch of advertisements.