Hybrid cars are powered by either a combination of a standard gasoline engine and a bank of high-performance batteries and electric motors, or just the electric motors themselves and the batteries. These vehicles have different mode operations, depending on your driving requirements. They are incredibly fuel efficient for urban commutes and can be ideal for normal long-distance trips.
The Future of Transportation
Some of today’s most popular hybrid car models are technological marvels due to the combination of great mileage and acceptable performance they can achieve. Typically, the battery bank might need to be replaced after 6 to 8 years, but it is similar to the cost of a transmission overhaul on many non-hybrid cars. Hybrid cars are often hailed as the future of transportation, mainly due to the lower average emissions hybrid cars produce. During daily urban commutes, most hybrid cars will rely on battery power and the car doesn’t produce any emissions at all. The overall carbon footprint can be much lower if there’s a clean, sustainable power plant nearby, such as wind turbines and hydroelectric dams, to produce power to recharge the car’s batteries.
Here are the reasons why hybrid cars will become the future of transportation:
1. Lower fuel consumption and noise levels: Because hybrid cars use stored electricity, they will lower the car’s overall fuel consumption. When the car is idling, the gasoline engine shuts off automatically saving fuel. The engine will be engaged again when the driver steps on the accelerator. Other than for fuel savings, the overall noise will be eliminated as well.
2. Environmentally friendly design: Compared to regular cars, hybrid cars produce much less gas emissions. This means that hybrid cars are cleaner as less carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is the leading component that contributes to the greenhouse effect. We are currently seeing the direct effect of the global warming with climate changes and gradual disappearance of glacial ridges in the polar regions. A very popular hybrid car model, the Toyota Prius may reduce overall emissions by about 90 percent, while the emission of greenhouse gasses can be about 50 percent lower.
3. Tax incentives: There is continuous political pressure around the world to ensure the reduced emission of greenhouse gasses. In the UK, hybrid car owners enjoy significant tax relief saving them money while they help to save the environment.
Overall, hybrid cars are much more efficient and provide many other benefits compared to regular models in the same weight class. This will make hybrid cars appeal to more buyers in the future ensuring they will become a growing segment in the new car industry.