engineering #2 - William Speight PHEV (Assignment #2) 1. A...

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William Speight PHEV (Assignment #2) 1. A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle is a vehicle in which both gas and electricity is used to power the vehicle. However, unlike current hybrid vehicles, you can actually plug the vehicle into an outlet at home while the vehicle is not in use, charging the electric battery. The electricity is traditionally used for speeds below 40, or city areas, where the gas is used at higher speeds, or on freeways. There are new models, as well, that are using the gas to turn a generator in order to create electricity, when the electricity charged at home is gone. 2. There are multiple benefits to using a PHEV over a traditional vehicle. The cost of using gas in a PHEV is estimated at 75 cents to a dollar per gallon instead of the current, averaging around three dollars per gallon. It is easier and more convenience to be able to charge your car at your home versus elsewhere. Finally, there will be a reduction of air pollution and emissions, meaning a lowering of the threat of global warming. 3. There are also some disadvantages to using a PHEV over a traditional vehicle.
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This note was uploaded on 03/13/2009 for the course MECHE chem1a taught by Professor Stacy during the Spring '09 term at American College of Gastroenterology.

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