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How Hybrids Work

U.S. Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

This Flash animation describes how hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) combine the benefits of gasoline engines and electric motors and can be configured to obtain different objectives, such as improved fuel economy, increased power, or additional auxiliary power for electronic devices and power tools.

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About the Science

  • Interactive text-based animation shows how the different components of a hybrid vehicle work during different stages of automobile functioning: starting, cruising, passing, breaking, and stopping.
  • Developed by a reputable source: US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Technology is accurate.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Students can develop an understanding of the basic design and function of a hybrid vehicle. The text-based and go-at-your-own-pace design of interactive allows students to progress at different rates. No teacher support materials are provided, but background information can be found at http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/hybridtech.shtml

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Excellent visual quality.

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