Chevrolet Hybrid: Charging As You Go

The Silverado Hybrid, Chevrolet’s gasoline-electric hybrid, was added to the Silverado pick-up line in 2005. The Silverado is the first full-size truck utilizing the hybrid technology to improve fuel efficiency. It runs on a standard Vortec 5300 5.3 liter V8 engine and a 4-speed Hydramatic auto-transmission.

This is complemented by the propulsion system which is totally hybrid, replacing the conventional starter motor and alternator. The Chevrolet hybrid has a compact 14-kw electric motor. The starter generator, nestled between the engine and the transmission, ensures quiet starting power but quickly at that. This allows the gasoline engine to start automatically and then stop at certain conditions, all to save fuel.

The 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a hybrid extended cab, LT2 wheel drive, at a base price starting at around 30 thousand dollars.

The Chevrolet Hybrid brings you an electric drive vehicle that charges itself as you go. If while driving the battery went empty, the generator will automatically turn on to recharge the battery pack while at the same time it allows the gas engine to work in the battery pack's stead. No need for you to worry so you can concentrate more on your driving.

For Shorter Commutes

If you live near work, or usually get around within a 20-mile radius from home, drives can be on electric power alone within suburban areas.

Aside from the Silverado Hybrid, Chevrolet offers other hybrids in its stable. The Chevrolet Tahoe using the two-mode hybrid is launched in 2007. When combined with active fuel management, this 2-mode hybrid system enables the Tahoe SUV to increase fuel economy by 25%. The use of the 2-mode hybrid system is GM’s way of applying advanced technologies on high-fuel-consumption vehicles like full-size SUVs and pick up trucks.

The 2-Mode System

This uses two electrically continuous variable transmission (ECVT) modes of operating to maximize the power usage and torque for a variety of road, terrain, and weather conditions. The second mode adds to the efficiency and negates the need for larger electric motors usually found in single-mode systems. The ECVT modes are combined with fixed gear ratios for higher power handling abilities. In addition to these, an electronic control module makes sure the entire hybrid power-train system is operating at its optimum.

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