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Pages with tag Plug-in Hybrid

  • Honda P-NUT; Personal neo-Urban Transport vehicle
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • The Honda Plug-in Hybrid Platform
  • The plug-in hybrid versus extended range electric vehicle debate
  • What happens to a Chevy Volt when it runs out of electricity AND gasoline? What happens if you run out of gasoline while driving a Chevy Volt? In a 'regular' gasoline car, running out of gasoline means you're stuck by the side of the road. While driving a battery-electric vehicle, run out of electricity and you're just as stuck. Plug-in hybrids, like the Volt, let you keep going if you run out of either gasoline or electricity. When electricity runs low, it automatically turns on the gas engine to recharge the pack. What happens, in the Volt, if you run out of both?
  • Why you shouldn't buy a battery-electric car? Doesn't hold water <p>This Chevy Volt owner (note - Plug-in Hybrid) tells us he is frequently asked why he doesn't own a Tesla. In other words, why not own a battery electric car, and why instead to own a plug-in hybrid? The obvious first answer is that the Volt and other PHEV's are nowhere near as expensive as a Tesla Model S or Model X, and therefore regular folks can buy a Volt. That's a completely understandable answer, though will change later this year as the Tesla Model 3 comes on the market. </p> <p>Next reason - usable driving range for road trips. That is, when the Volt runs out of battery power you just keep on driving because the gasoline engine kicks in. You can even never touch the charging port and drive forever on gasoline. Or, that's what the guy in the video says. Too bad that's an incorrect idea. </p> <p>Gasoline vehicle owners can have range anxiety because they can be just as stuck on the side of the road having run out of fuel. It's called "running out of gas" and happens to people all the time. For more information on Range Anxiety see: <a href="/ev-charging/range-confidence/chap1/1-brief-history-range-anxiety.html"></a></p> <p>It boils down to refueling time, effective trip speed, and refueling/recharging infrastructure. Gasoline does have a very fast refueling time and therefore effective trip speed is high with gasoline. Effective trip speed means the distance traveled divided by travel time factoring in everything including pee breaks, food breaks and refueling breaks. As more DC fast charging infrastructure is built, electric car effective trip speed will increase. The guy is right that currently the balance tips towards plug-in hybrids if your primary goal is optimum trip speed on road trips. To understand the calculations see <a href="/ev-charging/range-confidence/chap4-charging/4-charging-rates.html"></a></p> <p>For most of us road trips are a secondary use of our car, and the primary use is around-town driving. That means we don't need to optimize for road trip effective speed, but we need to optimize for around-town driving. See <a href="/ev-charging/range-confidence/chap4-charging/4-charge-rate-needed.html"></a></p> <p>What about battery swapping as the solution for increasing charging time? It's not a good choice that failed in the market. See <a href="/ev-charging/range-confidence/chap8-tech/battery-swapping.html"></a></p>