Discovering the Truth: Some Hybrid Car Myths Debunked

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Discovering the Truth: Some Hybrid Car Myths Debunked

Hybrid Car Myths Debunked

Despite the rise of fuel costs, a lot of people are still skeptical about hybrid cars. There are a lot of speculation about these high-tech vehicles but only a few individuals know the truth behind it. Once people are knowledgeable about these vehicles, they can decide if they should replace their fuel-only cars.

People all over the world are cringing at the rising costs of fuel. Because of unstable markets, no one can really predict when it will ever go down and there is a distinct possibility that it will never go back to its previous pricing. This is the reason people are now looking into hybrid cars. However, there are some questions about this type of vehicle that need to be answered.

 

Hybrid Cars 101

Hybrid cars are vehicles that use two types of energy sources: conventional fuel and batteries. In some hybrid cars, one of the energy source is the main power source while the other serves as the backup; in others, the two power sources are used for different types of driving situations. For example, the driver might use the batteries as a main power source for city driving while he or she can use gasoline for driving in the interstate. The car’s batteries are charged by plugging it in an electric wall socket or a charge station; newer models are charged by utilizing the regenerated kinetic energy that the car gets when the driver breaks.

However, a lot of people are skeptical about hybrid cars despite its fuel efficiency and its small carbon footprint. They hear a lot of rumors about it and the problems associated with one brand of hybrid car are not helping. They are also wary of the reportedly high price of the vehicle itself. Here are some myths about hybrid cars and the truth behind them.

 

Costs

One of the prevailing myths about hybrid cars is that it is expensive. When you look at it from a buyer’s perspective, a hybrid car is indeed more expensive than the conventional car. This is due to the complicated computer controls, electric motors, rechargeable batteries and other sophisticated parts of the car. However, if you think it in terms of how much you will save on fuel, having a gas-powered car is definitely more expensive. Moreover, hybrid car owners are often given tax incentives so they pay less in vehicle tax.

 

Power

Another reason why people are not enthusiastic about getting a hybrid car is they think that it moves too slow and it lacks power. The question of the hybrid car’s horsepower has long been answered. While it is true that early models of hybrid cars tend to be slow, newer models are now at par with fuel-powered vehicles. Moreover, hybrid cars can travel at the same speed of regular vehicles as well.

 

Reason of Buying a Hybrid Car

While no one can doubt the advantages of the hybrid car’s ability to save money on fuel costs, most drivers have other reasons in buying these vehicles. As the earth continues to deteriorate, more individuals are more concerned about the environment. Hybrid cars produce fewer emissions therefore their carbon footprint is smaller than regular cars. Some people also love the advanced technology of hybrid vehicles.

 

Hybrid Cars: Just a Passing Fancy?

Some individuals believe that hybrid cars are just a fad and they can never really replace gas-powered vehicles. While it may be a long time for hybrid cars to take over the world, a lot of auto manufacturers have at least one hybrid car in their lineup or they are in the process of developing one. As previously stated, the price of fuel is not likely to go down and with the current environmental problems the world is facing today, people are looking into sustainable energy when it comes to powering their cars. Therefore, hybrids are not just a passing fancy; they are here to stay for good.


Written by Ericka who writes content for Capital Driver Training – Edinburgh based driving instructors. Photo by Michael Sheehan

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  • derfti

    Other things that need to be addressed: what happens to the car at the end of its use, cars do not last forever. Does the battery (corrosive cells) and the chemicals get thrown in a landfill? Has someone actually followed maybe a dozen of these hybrids that have been totaled in an accident to see how the batteries are disposed of and what are the impacts to the environment vs a conventional car? How efficient are these cars with the air-conditioning switched on in summer months? Is electricity in the U.S. water & wind generator driven or are there still generators driven by the burning of coal so what is the ratio? What is the cost for a major repair on one of these hybrids? I remember when I owned a car, when my conventional transmission went out, it was in the $2,000 range and that was over 15 years ago. I wonder what the cost would be on a hybrid transmission…………………….