The drive shaft, which on most cars runs the length of the vehicle to the rear wheels, turns as the combustion engine burns gasoline.
The turning drive shaft sends power to the rear axle and wheels, which cause them to turn as well, moving the car forward.
What kind of energy makes a car move?
In scientific terms, a car is an energy converter: a machine that releases the energy locked in a fuel like gasoline (petrol) or diesel and turns it into mechanical energy in moving wheels and gears.
How do cars get the energy they need to move?
The energy from the fuel goes into four main places:
- Accelerating the bus up to its cruising speed. A moving car has kinetic energy, and it needs to get this energy from the engine.
- Air resistance. Driving a bus makes the air around it swirl around, and this takes energy.
- Rolling resistance.
How does the engine of a car work?
How Car Engine Works –
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