“How Hybrid Cars Work” by Karim Nice

Technology plays a significant role in our modern life. Every aspect of our life has been greatly affected by technological innovations: from the way we work to the way we socialize. Driving vehicles is not an exception. From the symbol of prestige cars have shifted to the mere means of moving from one place to another. However, today it’s not only design or speed that matter. Environmental issues have been raised recently making a great impact on the way the cars are being constructed and exploited. Both the production process and the operation of automobiles are associated with serious environmental risk and environmental damage. Road traffic is one of the biggest sources of atmospheric pollution and has a particularly strong impact on air quality in towns and cities.

This problem has contributed to the introduction of the new type of vehicles – hybrid cars. Although the majority of information about hybrid cars is relatively limited, I’ve managed to find the article written by Karim Nice, which provides a very detailed description of the way hybrid cars operate and what alternative they represent in general. Numerous diagrams and pictures make this article truly reader-friendly and objective, since the author seems to use numerous sources that deal with hybrid cars.

The major claim made by Karim Nice in this article is that society greatly benefits from different technological innovations.1 The author provides different facts, such as information about pollution or fuel efficiency, which support the argument that hybrid cars are not only cost effective, but also much more environment-friendly. Thus, the author shows how our lifestyle can be improved with the widespread use of hybrid cars. For this matter traditional cars are compared with the hybrid ones and statistics given in this article support the latest as a great public benefit. Although the article is available online and appears as a content split into many pages that cover different section, which makes it harder to read, the reader is nevertheless given an option of skipping certain parts by clicking on headers.

The article How Hybrid Cars Work is also well done in the essence that it an irrefragable information about the basics of hybrid cars construction. It reveals all the aspects related to their functionality and goes in depth of describing their components and how they operate together in order to make these multi-engine cars work.

The article seems to be written from a conflict theoretical perspective, since one type of cars is opposed to another and the beneficiary in the face of society made obvious. This may not fit perfectly in definition of conflict theoretical perspective, since this approach rather reveals how social institutions are used in the interest of the powerful, not the other way around. However, we may look at the situation from a different perspective: hybrid cars manufacturers may benefit from the introduction of the hybrid cars to the masses as well as the masses themselves. Such is an unprecedented situation, though, where public interests match the business interests.

The content of the article appears to be unbiased, because author presents the materials with solely informative purposes. No group that would benefit from promoting hybrid cars is mentioned. Moreover, it consists of both facts and opinions, but doesn’t seem to pursue the author’s self-interest. Thus, the article is written from an objective point of view. Additionally, this article is valuable, because it provides up to date information for such rapidly changing industry as automobiles. The author also educates the readers about benefits for a personal lifestyle, not just public.


Nice, Karim. How Hybrid Cars Work. How Stuff Works.com Retrieved at: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/hybrid-car.htm

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