Every automobile you see on the roads today looks nearly the same, save for a few superficial differences; underneath their skin though, there is a profound evolution in progress. It started off with an effort 10 years ago to make cars more fuel efficient, with hybrid cars for sale. Fast-forward to today, and the dealerships are filled with such an array of automobiles that experiment with the electrification of the automobile in every way possible – from regular hybrids to gas-assisted electric cars like the Volt to all-electrics like the Leaf. Consumers faced with such a bewildering array of technologies, all new, awaiting their purchase decision, often try to establish a few basic benchmarks in their minds. The Toyota Prius in their minds is the benchmark for the regular hybrid. The Leaf is the generic name for a pure electric car, and the Volt happens to be one of the unclassifiables. Adding to all the confusion will be hybrid cars for sale heading in from China for the first time.
For all the hype that Chinese cars have got in America, not one has actually managed to make its way to these shores yet. They would have come here a couple of years ago, except for how the recession made it difficult for even the established players in the American market to make ends meet. Now that things are picking up again, you can soon expect a few Chinese names at the dealerships. One of the most innovative new hybrid cars for sale from China coming in this year is from BYD Auto of China, called the F3DM. Americans already caught up in all these new gas-electric hybrid technologies are probably going to be thoroughly mixed up by this new Chinese introduction. Basically, it’s every one of the technologies you know, all in one car.
Basically, the F3 DM starts with your standard sedan chassis that powers itself by two AC electric motors and a hefty lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack that packs 16kWH. The car is something you’re supposed to drive on electricity most of the time. You plug it in, you charge the battery pack and the following morning, you’re supposed to just drive off like you would a Leaf. For charging port installations visit www.aberdeencityelectrical.co.uk. Why did they choose an unconventional lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack that isn’t all that great with energy capacity, when competing models like the Leaf use a much more efficient lithium manganese battery pack? To begin with, what the Chinese car uses is much cheaper; but it is much safer, and it lasts far longer. For instance, it isn’t as sensitive to getting heated up in the charging process. The battery that the Leaf uses is pretty sensitive, and it has to use inexpensive thermal management systems to protect the battery.
And then, there is the 1-liter three cylinder engine. So, you’re saying, that makes it like the Volt, doesn’t it? Not exactly. The Volt uses that engine only to charge the battery pack when you run out. On the F3 DM, once you run out of battery power after driving for about 25 miles, the gas engine starts you off in hybrid mode. The battery management system doesn’t allow you to completely deplete the battery. It switches you to gas the moment you reach 20% or so on the battery. You can still drive with great fuel efficiency, because you will be driving a hybrid. The battery will take over if there are low speeds (because it will have some juice left and because the engine will keep trying to charge the battery), and at higher speeds, you can use the gas engine exclusively.
It’s just one more option to consider when you think of the hybrid cars for sale to buy this year.