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How it Works

Automotive Technology

Find out more about the car components used in the Future Energy Chicago simulation.

Sparks ignite gasoline inside cylinders, and controlled explosions push pistons to turn the wheels. See how it all works.

Pressurized air heats diesel fuel inside cylinders, and controlled explosions push pistons to turn the wheels.

Sparks ignite natural gas inside cylinders, and controlled explosions push pistons, which turn the wheels.

Both a gasoline engine and an electric motor provide power to the car. But when you use the brakes, your momentum recharges the battery, saving energy!

Similar to a regular hybrid, but less dependent on gasoline. Charge the battery by plugging in.

Charged by whatever mix of power sources are available through the grid, batteries power an electric motor.

Constantly evolving and improving, batteries are a means of storing electrical energy, in chemical form.

The price of gasoline is posted at every gas station, but what about the cost of driving on electricity?

Images from sites as linked except Battery Technologies - Claus Arbleiter.