ERIC Number: EJ860283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
The Hybrid Automobile and the Atkinson Cycle
Feldman, Bernard J.
Physics Teacher, v46 n7 p420-422 Oct 2008
The hybrid automobile is a strikingly new automobile technology with a number of new technological features that dramatically improve energy efficiency. This paper will briefly describe how hybrid automobiles work; what are these new technological features; why the Toyota Prius hybrid internal combustion engine operates on the Atkinson cycle instead of the Otto cycle; and what are the advantages and disadvantages of the hybrid automobile. This is a follow-up to my two previous papers on the physics of automobile engines.
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Energy Management, Engines, Motor Vehicles, Physics, Science Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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