EV and Hybrid Vehicles

 

Electric & Hybrid Vehicles at Premier Subaru of Fremont

Automakers everywhere are turning their eyes towards a cleaner feature with the increase of electric and hybrid vehicle production. Subaru is quickly jumping at the opportunity to further help the environment with a long list of future vehicles that produce low or zero emissions. By 2035, Subaru has pledged to shift a majority of its sales towards all-electric or hybrid vehicles, and hopefully has an alternative choice to each of its current iconic lineup. With a future of electric SUVs and Hybrid crossovers, Premier Subaru of Fremont is ready to give you the most information on the big things happening within the Subaru brand. 

  

Hybrid Vehicles

The science behind hybrid vehicles is complicated and extensive. Hybrid vehicles operate on two main power sources, a traditional combustion engine and an electric motor that uses energy from batteries. A Hybrid vehicle cannot be plugged in to receive energy, but rather receives energy through a newer mechanical process called regenerative braking. In the past, a vehicle's braking system was just that, a driver hit the brakes, and the vehicle slows down. But now, your hybrid vehicle's system can capture the kinetic energy that occurs when your vehicle is slowing down and is then stored in the battery to power the electric motor. A hybrid vehicle's combined power of the two motors makes for smaller standard engines, and a greatly reduced overall carbon footprint. 
 

Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are the next big thing for many automakers, and as technology improves the electric car only gets more exciting. An all-electric vehicle works very similarly to your everyday rechargeable items, just on a much larger scale. Electric vehicles take away the need for the internal combustion engine entirely and are replaced with a series of rechargeable batteries and an electric motor. When plugged in the electric vehicle takes electricity from the grid and stores it in its onboard rechargeable batteries. While operating, the electric motor as well as any peripheral vehicle systems draw from the batteries onboard the vehicle. 

  

Plug-In Hybrids

The plug-in hybrid vehicle, also known as a PHEV, operates with the two principles of the all-electric and hybrid vehicle combined. A PHEV can be plugged into an energy source and charge onboard batteries, but a combustion engine is still housed within the vehicle. PHEVs draw on the electric motor or the engine to power the vehicle, and the electric motor can often help extend the vehicle's overall range. Similar to the hybrid vehicle, the combination electric motor and gasoline engine work together to give a higher level of fuel efficiency with a minimal amount of emissions. 

Subaru Goes Electric

Subaru has big plans for the future when it comes to their vehicle lineup. Already in production and available for consumers is the Crosstrek Hybrid, which has all the exciting capabilities the vehicle is known for with a greatly reduced fuel emission amount. Subaru looks to add more to their lineup, and already on the horizon is their first fully electric SUV, the Subaru Solterra. In the coming years, Subaru aims to have one of every piece of their all-star lineup to be available in either an electric or hybrid configuration.