Sonata by Hyundai is Leading the Way in Hybrid Technology
Although hybrid technology has been around for a few years, it’s for the most part still in its infancy stage. You might even venture that it’s still figuring out the kinks.
The fuel combustion engine, while it has revolutionized the transportation industry, has many shortcomings — not the least of which are the dwindling petroleum resources. Once thought to be limitless, because of the skyrocketing use thereof (worsened by once-developing countries like India and China now being massive consumers), petroleum reserves will need to be rationed in the future. We might need to end up escalating prices and reduce supplies for most consumers.
Ironically, it may also force the countries of the world to become more environmentally responsible.
Hybrid Technology as a Solution to Expected Future Shortages
To deal with the coming age of gas rations and shortages, automakers have been experimenting with new fuels (including plant-produced versions) and fresh takes on engines. At first, electric cars seemed like a good alternative, but they lacked power, had to be recharged often, and were quite cumbersome.
Hybrid cars, however, combining the power of gas engines with the cleanliness, efficiency and lower cost of electrical-powered engines, seem the most practical alternative to fuel-driven cars. One vehicle leading the charge in this movement is the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
What Makes the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Special?
The Sonata Hybrid quickly became the second best-selling fuel/electric car on the market as of 2011. This didn’t come about, however, only because of its EPA fuel-efficiency rating of 35 mpg city/40 highway and 37 combined since several other cars outperformed such numbers. What has put this vehicle in such a high regard are a number of other impressive features worth exploring:
- Unlike the rivals, the Sonata doesn’t use variable transmission continuously with integrated generators and electric motors; rather, it boasts a six-speed automatic transmission with electric motors that replace the torque converter. This allows it to provide good city mileage while at the same time giving top-level fuel economy on the highways.
- It operates using the electric-only mode or the gas-only mode, depending on driving/road needs.
- It conserves gas by automatically shutting off when the car stops, thus reducing fuel waste and pollution while cars idle.
- The new design provides an impressive 206 horsepower with a 193 lb-feet of torque.
- To deal with the common hybrid complaint of being too heavy — because of the need to carry hefty batteries — the Sonata boasts a lithium polymer battery, which are thin and lightweight making them hard to beat. The Sonata Hybrid comes in at only 95.5 lbs, as opposed to the Camry Hybrid competition at 123.9 pounds.
- In spite of its added-on battery, the Sonata is a sleek 3,457 pound vehicle (263 pounds lighter than Ford’s Fusion Hybrid).
- The battery’s placement, also, doesn’t take away as much cargo space as do similar batteries in other vehicles.
- The car looks and feels like a luxury car, thus losing the image previously thought to be unavoidable for a car meant to be more practical than visually impressive. It’s inner and outer design is catching, voluptuous (mechanically speaking) and daring.
- The car boasts of aerodynamic characteristics that cut on wind resistance and drag, thus further improving gas mileage.
In keeping with the green movement, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will help conserve fuel, reduce pollution, and help consumers become more environmentally responsible. While this car may not be the ultimate solution, undeniably it’s a step in the right direction — and a sustainable one, at that.