The first hybrid cars on the roads were viewed with wary misgivings by consumers and industry experts alike. Most of the vehicles were more crossover than true hybrids, though well-intentioned in their engineering. The basic premise of hybrid technology was to decrease dependency on fossil fuels and to promote cleaner air by reducing carbon monoxide emissions. The first hybrid technologies were at the threshold of innovative ideas that combined minimal reliance on gasoline by creating engines that could recycle power through the braking systems. This is known as regenerative braking. Much of the energy savings to the engine originate through automated ignitions to reduce idle time, giving way to the first generation of hybrids.
Profile of Hybrid Technology
Today, hybrid car engines consist of a power split device, the battery, generator, electric motor and internal combustion engine. In a hybrid, the drive train receives resistance from the electric motor, causing wheels to slow. Energy normally wasted when braking or coasting is converted to electricity which is then converted to the battery.
Current Plans for Hybrids
Once you understand the mechanics, it’s easy to see where car companies plan on going with hybrid technology. At the present, hybrids are manufactured with remote ignitions and computerized GPS systems that operate in tandem with the usual actions performed by drivers. In the future, car companies will want to manufacture hybrids that are 100% fuel efficient and provide maximum mileage without loss of speed while in motion. The reduction in the number of hybrid car parts and the ability to provide battery systems with greater longevity will be a future initiative for car companies. To compete with the hi-tech world, many of these hybrid vehicles will also be able to drive longer and longer distances without consequence to the engine or battery systems.
The Future Hybrid Car
In the world of science fiction, hybrids may follow Nicola Tesla’s vision for perpetual motion engines based upon his ideas of using power transmitted entirely by electro-magnetic waves. Picture a hybrid with no battery and the ability to be controlled entirely by electromagnetic waves. The only obstacle to this methodology is how to propel the hybrid so that its direction can be controlled. Given that GPS systems provide travel directions, it’s more a matter of creating an internally controlled GPS system that’s compatible with the hybrid motors that would work with pre-programmed travel directions similar to pre-programmed heating and cooling thermostats in homes.