With rising fuel costs and concerns for the environment as high as ever, the time has never been more right to switch to a hybrid car. Hybrid vehicles are powered with a combination of gas and electricity to reduce fuel consumption and limit emissions. Through the use of electricity, hybrids significantly reduce the amount of gas needed to power a car. It is a common misconception that hybrid vehicles do not offer the same performance as conventional cars. Once it’s understood how hybrid cars work, it is clear that hybrids are capable of providing the same level of performance as standard vehicles.
Basically, there are two types of hybrid cars. One is known as the parallel hybrid car in which a gasoline engine and an electric motor combine together to power the car. At low speeds, the vehicle is powered by electricity alone as the gasoline engine does not turn on during speeds of up to 15 mph to 30 mph, assuming slow acceleration is applied. The other type is known as the series hybrid, which is also powered by a combination of a gasoline engine and electric motor. The difference is that, in a series hybrid, the gasoline engine either directly powers the electric motor or by charging batteries that provide power for the electric motor. Both forms of hybrid vehicles are extremely silent in comparison to conventional vehicles.
If you are in the process of buying a new car, or are unsure of whether or not you should make the switch to a hybrid vehicle, here are five reasons to consider making your next car purchase a hybrid.
Gas prices are constantly on the rise, and there is no better way to minimize fuel costs than to switch to a hybrid vehicle. It is not uncommon for hybrids to travel over 600 miles per fill up; after all, they’re designed to be fuel-efficient. They are made from lightweight materials and are equipped with tires that reduce friction. These two features combined with a smaller engine reduce expenditure. Hybrid cars are typically smaller in size and have smaller engines. The gasoline engine switches off when the car is idle and turns back on once the gas pedal is pressed. Additionally, the electric motor can regenerate electricity while breaking or via the gasoline engine. This increases the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. The combination of a gasoline and electric motor is made possible through power-train technology, which enables hybrid cars to simultaneously utilize two power sources.
One of the main reasons for the development of the hybrid car was to decrease the emission of toxic fumes from conventional cars. It is simple: A hybrid car significantly reduces the amount of gas needed to power the car due to its use of a combination of electricity and a gasoline engine. This reduces the amount of emissions released by the vehicle and helps in making a greener environment. It is reported that hybrids produce about 50% less carbon dioxide emissions than conventional cars, thus they help to decrease the greenhouse effect.
The government understands the need for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption, particularly from petrol burned in vehicles. As such, various special tax benefits are offered to new hybrid car owners. Tax incentives encourage the switch to hybrid cars and are a way of praising consumers who make the switch. Some tax benefits include tax credits and, in some places, free parking for hybrid cars.
Low Maintenance and Reliable
Hybrid cars require very little maintenance in comparison to conventional cars that run solely on gasoline-burning systems, as a hybrid power system doesn’t have as much of a detrimental effect on the engine; they only have a few main components that wear at a very slow rate since there is minimal heat produced. In fact, hybrid car engines that have clocked over 200,000 miles are known to run like new and this is an indication of the reliability of hybrid vehicles.
One of the most common concerns prospective hybrid car buyers have is on the reliability of the battery. The typical hybrid is equipped with a high-quality battery that is designed to last the lifetime of the car. In fact, it’s not uncommon for batteries to outlast the life of a hybrid car.
While the cost of a hybrid vehicle is usually $1500-$3000 higher than a standard car, the savings you make in the long run make it a worthwhile investment. Hybrids decrease gas costs per year as they burn less gas and thus require less frequent visits to the gas station. For example, the Toyota Prius can travel up to 60 miles per gallon (mpg). Thus, substantial savings can be made per year just by decreasing gas costs. Although hybrid car parts are expensive, they come with good warranties and, as mentioned above, seldom need the level of maintenance required for traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Also, hybrids keep their value over time as they are in high demand; as such, they can be a good financial investment.
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