Cars and Climate Change

Hybrid Car Servicing-Halifax

Hybrid Car Servicing-Halifax

Rise of the Hybrid car

The concept of a hybrid car, which combines a gasoline-powered engine with an electric motor, has been around for more than a century. The first hybrid car is generally considered to be the Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid. Which was developed by Ferdinand Porsche and presented at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900.

Hence, in the decades that followed, various experimental hybrid cars were developed. However, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that hybrid technology began to be more widely adopted. The Toyota Prius, which was introduced in Japan in 1997 and later in other countries. Thus, is often credited with popularizing hybrid cars.

Since then, the development and adoption of hybrid technology has continued to grow. Many car manufacturers now offer hybrid models, and the technology is being used not only in passenger cars but also in buses, trucks, and other types of vehicles.

how do hybrid cars work

Hybrid cars work by combining a petrol-powered internal combustion engine with an electric motor and a battery pack. The electric motor is powered by the battery pack, and it can propel the car on its own, without the need for the petrol engine. The petrol engine is used to recharge the battery pack and to provide additional power when needed, such as when the car is being driven at high speeds or when the battery pack is depleted.

There are two main types of hybrid cars: parallel hybrids and series hybrids. In a parallel hybrid, the petrol engine and the electric motor are both connected to the wheels and can power the car independently or together. In a series hybrid, the petrol engine is used only to generate electricity. Of course, which is then used to power the electric motor and propel the car.

Hybrid cars are designed to be more fuel-efficient than traditional gasoline-powered cars. Because they can switch between the electric motor and the petrol engine depending on the driving conditions. They also produce lower emissions because the electric motor produces no emissions and the petrol engine is used less frequently.

Naturally many of our customers are thinking about buying Hybrid cars going forward!

So, in recent times we are constantly being bombarded by the media and TV. Consequently about how green the planet should be. Important changes have recently come about to find an alternative to cars that are driven by fossil fuels.

Significantly, one of the technologies to come out of this situation is the “hybrid car.” In my opinion, the hybrid offers the best of both worlds. So, these cars have a conventional type of petrol driven engine combined with an large lithium battery.

Advanced technology developments

So, to achieve this, hybrid cars are armed with highly advanced technology. However, fortunately for ourselves, this advancement does not really affect affordability! Of course, you should regularly service your hybrid car.

Importantly, we here at Pellon Autocentre are classified as a garage that services “old style technology” cars. However, the new hybrids can also be serviced by ourselves. Of course, this enables us to offer our Hybrid car owners the same great prices for servicing and repairs.

Consequently, all our staff is very familiar with these cars! offering our services to the owners of car brands such as the Toyota Auris and Yaris hybrid cars.

Customers should not be fooled into main dealers saying that they are the only ones to service the hybrids. Like many other small garage businesses! Reassuringly, we do keep up with the times. Thus offering our hybrid car customers the same quality of servicing and at a sensible price.

Hybrid brakes are no problem

Most drivers have heard of the “regenerative braking” systems that hybrid cars are fitted with. However once again we are able to replace and repair brake parts on hybrid cars. In my opinion the only grey area for Hybrid cars is in fact the “Batteries”. Hybrids have two batteries. Generally there is a small lead acid battery found in the boot. This battery is usually a  small thin post 054 car battery.

Contrary to my earlier thoughts this battery only operates a switch to turn on the main battery pack. Importantly, the second generation Toyota Prius battery pack is made up of multiple cells. Of course like any other type of battery. In this case the battery pack is made up of 28 Panasonic prismatic nickel metal hydride modules.

Split down even further, then each module has 6 x 1.2 volt cells all connected in “series.” As a result, 228 cells are packed into 38 modules. Of course, the hybrid car battery pack is situated under the back seat. It appears to me that car companies such as Toyota are trying to retain hybrid car customers by raising the cost of the replacement battery cells. So, when your hybrid car becomes second-hand, then the battery will cost you a fortune! Please keep an eye out for this; in my opinion, it violates EU laws.

Of course, this high voltage is very dangerous! So, our garage staff must take cars, and this is where the special training came in early last year.