As the economy is stagnate, people are leaning on technological advancements to save money. Upon doing research, a person may ask "What is a plug-in hybrid retrofit kit?" This type of invention may alleviate the stress that many experience at the gas pumps without forcing a person to actually purchase a new hybrid vehicle. As gas prices rise, more and more people are looking for ways to get better gas mileage with an existing vehicle. Hybrid technology is often a cost that many people can not afford. Most hybrid cars are more expensive than traditional gasoline powered cars. Here is a closer look at the function and efficiency of a plug in hybrid retrofit kit.
Students at Middle Tennessee State University have recently developed a special device for regular gasoline powered automobiles. The new invention is called a plug-in hybrid retrofit kit. It is bolted in the back wheels without making any significant changes to the major makeup of the car. Therefore brakes, suspension, and other systems will not be damaged. This is a positive aspect for people who are nervous about causing damage to the vehicle or voiding a manufacturer’s warranty. Besides expanding the time periods in between refills at the gas pump when prices are rising through the roof, this kit will help on a commercial level. Fleets of vehicles will be able to heighten zero emissions and lower the dependency on gasoline or diesel fuel.
Gasoline and the other liquid fuels are becoming scarce. Even biofuels have encountered problems after the recent heat wave of the country this past summer. This may lead to a rise in petroleum prices and problems with supply and demand. These are great reasons why more and more freight companies are beginning to think about electric alternatives. An electric vehicle works well for short trips at reasonable speeds. Since buying entirely new fleets is almost impossible, it is necessary to weigh other options. Older local delivery vehicles are a prime target for this new technology.
MTSU Wheel Hybrid Retrofits
Beginning in 2008, students at MTSU have researched and developed a drop-in hybrid retrofit kit for a 1994 model Honda. The kit includes an electric motor that is bolted into the rear wheels between the brake and hub. A lithium ion battery powers the electric motor. This supplements the traction from the car’s gas engine.
This device was developed to be a feasible option for people who wish to increase a vehicle’s fuel efficiency and who travel locally, but do not want to extensively retool the vehicle. The most interesting aspect of this invention is that it was originally built with a high percentage of widely available parts. This means that it is not a complicated unit that requires special construction or fabrication. This example has not yet reached store shelves, but is estimated to cost a person $3000. Most of the expense comes from the high price of the lithium batteries.
Different Bolt On Hybrid Conversion Kits
Besides this particular test kit created in Tennessee, there is a manufacturer in Massachusetts named XL Hybrids which has also created a hybrid conversion kit. This unit is mostly bolted on fleet vehicles. The kit is simple and fast to install, preserves the original factory warranty of the vehicle, and heightens gas mileage.
A small sized lithium ion battery is placed in the trunk of the car and gives power to an electric motor that attaches to the differential. The use of this device can add up to 30% more fuel economy. Even though this is not a huge amount of savings in one refill, it will add up over the long haul. Most evidence suggests that this will pay for itself after two years of use.
The major purpose of a plug in hybrid retrofit kit is to improve gas mileage of older vehicles, especially those which are part of a larger fleet. However as the production of petroleum and other alternative biofuels become uncertain, these units may be refined for use on newer vehicles as well. This is exciting data and is definitely a step in a new direction for the automotive industry. In a short amount of time the market is sure to expand.