The Benefits of Hybrid Vehicles
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
As the prices of hybrid vehicles fall, they are becoming increasingly common and even trendy. For those who have not caught up with the latest trend, a hybrid vehicle is one that operates with an engine that can run off both electricity and gasoline: typically electricity for shorter distances in urban areas and fuel for longer drives. But beyond being a fashion accessory, what exactly are the benefits of driving one?
- The most obvious benefit of a hybrid vehicle is that it is more eco-friendly. That is why most people are first tempted to buy them. They use less gasoline and thus produce lower levels of carbon based atmospheric emissions as gasoline-based engines. The more people drive them, the cleaner our cities' air will be to breathe and the less smog there will be. The rate at which we're ruining the earth's atmosphere will slow and the rate at which the planet warms will be controlled.
- A related benefit is that hybrid cars use a lot less oil, which is after all is a finite resource which we should learn to use only when it is absolutely necessary. Since a hybrid vehicle uses oil only when it operates in the highest gears on the freeway, it uses oil sparingly.
- Unlike a pure electric vehicle, which needs to be charged at an outlet, a hybrid vehicle charges when the gasoline engine runs. It also has a built-in system that produces electricity when it brakes. As a result, you will never be stuck with a stationary vehicle far from a charging point.
- Hybrid vehicles run more economically. While the initial purchase cost may be slightly higher than for that of a small fuel-efficient gasoline-only car, you can save throughout the lifespan of the hybrid. The most obvious saving is the gasoline with which you constantly need to fill up a gasoline-driven car. But that is not all. Governments are gradually placing more pressure on car manufacturers to reduce emissions, which motivates them to give their customers stronger guarantees on hybrids' parts than on gasoline-based cars.
- Hybrid vehicles are typically small and built with light-weight materials to keep fuel-use down and kilometres per litre of gasoline up.
With all of these great advantages, perhaps it’s time to look into switching over!