With the price of gas so high these days,
many consumers are looking into other options besides cars that
have gas driven engines. The idea of spending less on gas is a
very appetizing prospect, especially when it can cost over $50
to fill a car tank these days! Hence the idea of electric
engines are widely welcome.
Car manufacturers are investing more time
and money into electric engines and hybrid car
production. Hybrid electric cars are cars that have both
electric engines and gas engines in them. Hybrid
electric cars achieve much better gas mileage than their
gas engine only counterparts and are slowly going down in price
as the demand for them increases. Electric engines are known
for their power efficiency.
Basics of electric engines
Hybrid electric engines usually run off of
electricity. Once the car hits a certain speed however, the
electric engine usually switches over automatically to the gas
engine so the car has enough staying power for the highway.
There are cars that have only electric engines with no gas
engine backup, but for the time being, these electric engines
are fairly limited in their mileage as their electric vehicle battery
needs to be recharged after less than 100 miles of driving
Hybrid electric engines
With a hybrid electric car engine, the
electric part of the system takes the energy when the driver
brakes to recharge itself. These types of engines do not need
to be plugged in to recharge; they have the built in capability
of charging themselves. Electric engines also try to conserve
their energy so that they don’t run out of juice as quickly.
One way they do this is to cut itself off when the car stops at
a red light. Of course, the electric engine immediately gears
back up when you “hit the gas” and tell the car to go
The downside of electric engines
One of the only downsides to electric
engines is the lack of quick power. Some are used to gunning
their cars and achieving highway speeds within seconds. With an
electric engine, you just can’t achieve those speeds that
quickly. If you have a hybrid engine, the time it takes to
speed up will be less, but if you have an exclusively electric
engine, it can take a bit longer to get up to the speed you
Electric cars are probably the future.
Eventually, most of us will be driving cars that run off of
electricity only. At that point the world will probably be a
quieter place since an electric engine is almost eerily quiet.
In the meantime, the technology keeps getting better and
cheaper so that sooner or later cars with electric engines will
be affordable to most consumers.