In this economy, it’s difficult to justify spending more money on your vehicle than you have to. Comfortable.com recently examined the benefits of gas mileage certifications and found that they have some merit. In addition, if you drive a hybrid, a truck, or an SUV, you may want to consider a gas mileage certification, too.
The facts are a bit confusing and difficult to understand. To understand fully, you have to understand two concepts. First, how mileage is measured.
Uries per gallon is just a fancy word for MPG, or miles per gallon. Unions, corporations, and the government have been measuring and reporting miles per gallon for many years. However, measuring real, usable miles per gallon has fairly complicated the modern automobile. Thankfully, technicians have developed sophisticated measurement systems detailed enough for real-world testing.
Real-world testing has revealed that hybrid vehicles can get surprisingly bad gas mileage. With as much variation in gas mileage as the differences in real-world temperatures can produce, this is not an issue of too much concern for someone who drives a hybrid but would like to keep their SUV or truck fuel efficient. However, for someone who drives a regular gas-only car and who wants to improve their fuel efficiency, the problems can be more confusing.
Two different kinds of gas mileage certification
For 2007, there are three main types of gas mileage certifications: combined, combined (2-wheel drive vehicles), and combined (4-wheel drive vehicles). Collectively, they provide comparable protection for vehicles with the same number of cylinders in the array of cars and trucks.
The EPA Gas Mileage Guide rates vehicles in various ways, using very roughly gas mileage ratings. They rate the vehicle at zero for a car or truck with a single fuel tank, which is the common situation for the majority of drivers.
They then rate the vehicle individually, with MPG information listed for each vehicle. These ratings are established by the EPA and include things like driving style, engine part, accessories and the auto’s condition. The MPG rating is established on the basis of a set of circumstances, like how well the auto is driven, its top speed and whether it is heavily loaded.
The way hybrid vehicles work
While the concept of a hybrid vehicle is fairly simple and the benefits great, it is actually a complex process for developing fuel efficiency. In this area, the hybrids are at a disadvantage compared to conventional cars. A hybrid vehicle combines two or more sources of power, such as gasoline and electric motors, to perform an enhanced function. They, therefore, can make use of both gasoline and electric as much as possible. The advantage of a hybrid is that it reduces the amount of gasoline used, hence saving money. The gasoline is consumed less and the electric energy is able to last longer, hence saving the environment.
The process is complex and the decisions were difficult to make. Therefore the development of new and improved hybrid cars was necessary.
How did the research develop?
The research on hybrid vehicles has developed three basic types of hybrid vehicles.
The first type is the series. This is basically a conventional vehicle with a generator turned on by the gas engine and an auxiliary energy source, in addition to the gasoline engine. The gas engine is a 3.5-liter model, has 280 horsepower and is able to drive the car at a top speed of 90 miles per hour.
The second type is the parallel hybrid. This car also has a generator and an auxiliary energy source as well as the gasoline engine. It provides the same top speed of 90 miles per hour.
The third type is what we call a geometry hybrid. This car combines the parallel and series hybrids. It has the conventional generator like those in the other two types of hybrids. Then there is an extra generator in the shape of a box, which depends on the need. It stores power produced by the cars acceleration, and uses it to charge the battery, with the assistance coming from the battery.
Will hybrid cars be the future?
Anything that can reduce pollution, and can even double or even triple the amount of gasoline a car can use per 100 miles is a welcome innovation. So, the hybrid car is definitely a step in the right direction. Now, what about the eco-friendly components in the car? To reduce emissions, the hybrid vehicle is powered by a combination, of electric and gasoline. The new, innovative plug-in technology allows the hybrid car to extend its range, so that is able to work ‘stop-and-go’.
The electrical components in the car are also clean-burning. Whereas, the fuel-combustion engine does still emit hydrocarbons, these hydrocarbons are significantly reduced.
The hybrid car has also been given good review on safety.