Faculty Advisor

Kasouf, Chickery J.

Abstract

The focus of this hybrid vehicle technology paper was whether hybrids meet the expectations for environmental benefits suggested by society. Types of hybrids, the future of the technology, technical aspects of production and efficiency were analyzed and focus groups revealed buyer trends. We concluded that hybrids have drawbacks that offset their fuel efficiency. Their price is generally a poor economic investment and energy efficient processing techniques need to be developed for the advanced materials in hybrids. Widespread change to hybrid technologies is not a feasible option in the near future due to cost and the limited amount of hybrids on the road today. Hybrid technology has potential in the future, but as for right now they are not a significant improvement over today's engine.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Business

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