Hybrid cars are getting a lot more attention lately, no doubt in part thanks to the upcoming release of Honda’s CR-V Hybrid. Promising a more environmentally friendly drive with reduced CO2 emissions and a more efficient and cost-effective way of driving, it’s time to look under the bonnet and see how hybrid cars really work.
How do hybrid cars work?
Unlike fully electric cars, hybrids use at least two methods of propulsion. Most often, these include one traditional fuel combustion engine powered by diesel or petrol as well as an electric motor. The two systems work together, providing the power that drives the wheels. While the engine works much as it does in a traditional car, the electric power comes from an on-board battery pack, usually hosted behind the rear seats or in the floor pan.
The types of hybrid cards
Though all hybrid cars are defined by the utilisation of more than one source of energy, how these sources work together change depending on the type of hybrid. There are three primary types, each using slightly different mechanisms:
· Parallel hybrids: The most common type, these cars can either use the petrol/diesel engine, the electric battery, or both power sources together to drive the wheels. Not only can you use this feature to drive in the most fuel-efficient manner possible, but it also allows you to utilise the benefits of each fuel source, such as the electric battery for zippy starting and stopping in city settings and the power of diesel or petrol for longer drives.
· Range extender hybrids: These cars handle and feel much like an electric car, primarily because all of the power being supplied throughout the car comes directly from the electrical battery. Rather, the traditional engine is used solely to turn an electric motor, which in turn refills the electric battery. This adds all the benefits of driving electric, but with the extended battery life that a continuous source of power can provide. Many Honda electric vehicles fall into this category
· Plug-in hybrids: The closest thing to an electric car without going full electric, these hybrids come with batteries that can be recharged by plugging them into an electrical power source, as the name suggests. They also use the range extended method of charging the battery on the go with power directed from the engines.
The Honda CR-V Hybrid – The Next Evolution
The technology behind hybrid cars is ever evolving, and the CR-V Hybrid is yet another step in that evolution from Honda, who have been dedicated themselves to developing some of the best hybrids on the market. A Honda plug-in hybrid, the CR-V does away with a conventional drivetrain, instead using a single fixed gear ratio with seamless i-MMD technology to select the most efficient of its three driving modes depending on how you’re driving, creating the perfect balance of power and efficiency.
If you want to learn more about the CR-V Hybrid, other Honda hybrid cars or Honda electric vehicles, get in touch or come visit Brindley’s dealerships throughout the West Midlands and get your hands on the wheel for yourself.