Once it goes over a certain speed or the gas pedal is pressed down to a certain degree, the gas engine then kicks in to assist the electric motor by sending more power through the CVT, ultimately utilizing both to drive the wheels.Controlling it all is a series of computers that automatically detect certain driving conditions and various parameters.EV Research Positions at UC Davis: 2-3 new research positions are available at the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.
Thus, the car would basically become an terribly short-range and under-powered electric vehicle.
Supplementing the gasoline engine is an electric motor often integrated into the transmission.
The Center began with three initial research projects, and with the development of a PH&EV Research Roadmap, identified high-priority research areas for future research, including consumer perspectives and vehicle use, charging infrastructure, fleet market development, battery studies, and the impact of human-machine interfaces on behavior.
Moving forward our research is focused on measuring, monitoring and understanding multiple aspects of the quickly evolving market for plug-in vehicles internationally.
When the first hybrid cars hit showrooms roughly two decades ago, they were dismissed as science projects.
But now, hybrid powertrains can be found in everything from high-end supercars, to humble taxis, and even in commercial vehicles.
Though with fuel economy as the primary goal, the computers prioritize the use of the electric motor over the gas engine for motivation.
More recently, manufacturers also began realizing that hybrids also benefit performance and thus, they have engineered various different types of hybrid vehicles.
All three rely on a combination of an electric motor and gasoline engine for propulsion and power.
However, they’re all built and designed rather differently, especially when compared to the traditional hybrid system found in a mass-market vehicle.