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Nye Automotive Uncovers the Magic of Hybrid Cars

It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time when gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles were considered an unnecessary folly because of the low price of gas.

hybrid-carsThose days are gone, however. Now the price at the pump continues to rise and people worldwide have become more concerned with their air quality, making hybrids more popular than ever thanks to their combination of fuel economy plus low emissions.

Wikipedia tells how in 1901 Ferdinand Porsche developed the first gasoline and electric powered automobile in the world with his Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid. The Toyota Prius finally brought the hybrid to the general public in 1997.

At that time gas was cheap enough that there wasn’t a big demand for a hybrid vehicle. That didn’t last long. As the price of petroleum increased through the next decade, other manufacturers soon joined Toyota in creating their own additions to what is now a major part of the automotive market.

But what makes the hybrid run? Those vehicles have a gasoline engine similar to that in most other cars, just smaller and boasting greater emissions control and energy efficient technology. The hybrid also has an electric motor with advanced electronics so it can also act as a generator, both drawing energy from the batteries to accelerate the car and returning energy to the batteries when it slows down.

The two power sources are combined in the hybrids using different methods. In a parallel system,  the fuel tank supplies gas to the engine and the batteries provide power to the electric motor. Both provide the propulsion power at the same time to turn the transmission, and the transmission turns the wheels. In a series system, the gas engine turns a generator, and that generator either powers the electric motor driving the transmission or charges the batteries. The gas engine doesn’t power the vehicle.

Of the more than 6.3 million hybrid electric vehicles sold worldwide through this past March, Toyota is still the industry leader with over 5.1 million hybrids sold, including their luxury Lexus line. The United States has become the largest hybrid market in the world.

You can test drive a variety of hybrids at the NYE Automotive Group, including Toyota’s Highlander and Camry, Ford’s Focus, GMC’s Yukon and Sierra, and Buick’s LaCrosse. They’ll save gas money and save the environment at the same time, so you can’t go wrong.

The NYE Automotive Group is located at 1479 Genesee St. in Oneida, N.Y. For more info on any of our hybrid vehicles, call (315) 363-0600 or email sales@nyeauto.com.

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