With all of the cars that are on the market, you may be thinking that there must be a car you haven’t discovered yet. You’ve heard of convertibles, Mazdas, Fords, and Buicks. And, you being an educated car-buyer, know all about hybrid cars, too. But surely, you think to yourself, there must be a more fuel-efficient car than a hybrid. If only you could find it.
This car that you believe is more fuel-efficient than a hybrid car, must be hidden in the back of a dealership behind the red, green, and yellow cars. It must be stuck between a big SUV and a van somewhere.
And what does it take to fuel this car? You don’t know the answer to that question. You barely know if this type of car exists. But there just has to be something out there better than a hybrid car. You insist that it’s true.
Well, there are a few choices for you. You could be thinking that a very small conventional car is more fuel-efficient than a hybrid car. You could be thinking that an electric car is better than a hybrid car. You could also be thinking that the dealership employees must have some cars in the back that they are creating on the spot that run on anything but gasoline and batteries. These cars, you think to yourself, would be better buys than hybrid cars.
Well, electric cars don’t get better fuel-efficiency than hybrid cars mainly because a lot of times electric cars don’t even need gas to power them, so you can’t even compare electric cars to hybrid cars.
A small conventional is definitely not more fuel-efficient than a hybrid car because no conventional car is.
And there are not any just-made cars sitting in the back somewhere. Car dealerships don’t make cars. They sell them.
But the final answer to the question is the new fuel-economy numbers that have been issued by the EPA. Those numbers conclude that the most fuel-efficient cars available to the public when looking at 2008 models are hybrid cars. Just the Toyota Prius as an example has a combined highway or city mileage of 46. This and other hybrid cars have overcome the 40 miles per gallon mark.
So, it looks like there are no new discoveries to be made at the auto dealer. And that’s a good thing. You wouldn’t want to be outdone by the Joneses because you thought you bought a great car, but you saw that they had a better, more fuel-efficient one. Nope, that’s not going to be you. Now you are armed with the knowledge that hybrid cars are the most fuel-efficient cars around and until automakers start to come up with more ideas, a hybrid car is what you have to work with.
However, advancements in fuel-efficient cars are on the horizon. Auto manufacturers are working on plug-in hybrids, battery-electric cars, and gas-engine systems that are more efficient. So look out, your dream car is coming soon. But if for now, you just buy a hybrid, you won’t regret it.
Yes would be the answer to that question, but why? It would seem odd that the future of hybrids cars would be unpredictable since everyone is talking about the pain at the pump all of the time. So just how is it that the solution to all of our gas problems has an unpredictable future?
Well, that has a lot to do with price. But no one could predict how much sales have soared in the both the current and past years. Hybrid cars came out in the year 2000. And since then, they have just been selling like hotcakes. But will the soaring sales for hybrid cars continue? That’s the question that has many people squinting their eyes and sighing. People just don’t know. They aren’t sure how hybrid cars will do in the upcoming market.
Right now, car industry bosses believe that hybrid car sales will outrun those of other cars that are great when it comes to fuel efficiency. They think the sales of hybrid cars will just leap over those of pick-ups, luxury models, and sports vehicles.
However, other people believe that car manufacturers do a lot of grandstanding because the auto bosses think that hybrid cars will accomplish all of the above in five years. But opponents say it’s impossible to make such predictions for five years down the road because there are just too many variables. For instance, now the price of gas is about $3.00, but who knows what it will be five years from now.
Without stable numbers to go by, it’s very difficult to come up with numbers that try to successfully predict how many people will buy hybrid cars in the future. And who’s to say that people will so easily give up their luxury cars and SUVs? Hybrid cars are nice, but some people are quite attached to their Mercedes. Maybe the people who can afford a Mercedes aren’t even worried about paying $3.00 for gas.
So the opponents may have some good reasons to believe car bosses are exaggerating when it comes to the future of hybrid cars. The biggest reason they may be grandstanding is because they can’t predict how the economy will be doing in the next five years. Hybrid cars are very expensive, and if the economy takes a downturn, people may not be able to afford the good jobs they need to buy a hybrid car.
Then, yes, if the economy goes down, car bosses will definitely have put their foot in their mouths when it comes to hybrid cars.
But the question is what are you going to do to affect the future of hybrid cars? Are you going to buy or continue to drive your conventional car? The future of cars will be better if more people would consider buying a hybrid car. You can do it today. All it takes is good credit and a fondness for embracing better automotive technology. So a hybrid car is waiting for you, and it’s in just the color you wanted.
Imagine the near future. You bend down, stick your head underneath your tailpipe and take good long sip. You could do that with a hydrogen car. These cars are not fully on the market yet. But as people flock to buy hybrid cars, they wonder if just maybe a better car is coming out. The concept of that better car is the hydrogen car. And some people think hybrid cars just can’t compare. Below, you will find out a few things about hydrogen cars.
Hydrogen cars do not generate power by burning anything
Instead of burning a bit of fuel, like hybrid cars too, hydrogen cars burn absolutely nothing. What happens instead is a chemical reaction. Hydrogen and oxygen get converted into energy and their byproduct is water. Hybrid cars certainly can’t do that. And no one is trying to make hybrid cars do anything like that.
Hydrogen in hydrogen cars gives three times the power of gasoline
Not only does hydrogen burn hotter than gasoline, but it also burns faster. That means hydrogen cars can probably go zooming down the highway at unbelievable speeds. They can probably come to a dead stop and start right up to keep up with the traffic in about zero seconds per minute. Boy, talk about the future. Hybrid cars just can’t compete with that kind of efficiency. Hybrid-car batteries certainly don’t burn hotter and faster than hydrogen.
Some people think that hydrogen cars are some sort of hyped-up fantasy
Many people think that hybrid cars are much more feasible than hydrogen cars. And hybrid cars already cut down emissions from 30 to 50%. So why in the world would people want to invest time and money in hydrogen cars?
Hydrogen is a not a fuel source, but a fuel carrier
That means that hydrogen has to be produced from other sources. And people are hoping that hydrogen will be able to be produced from things such as wind power or other types of renewable sources. Right now, it looks like all we have is natural gas. That is the most efficient way to get hydrogen. And if that’s the case, then there’s no need to make hydrogen cars. Hybrid cars already cut down on how much gas people use. Who needs hydrogen cars that may end up costing us more in natural gas?
It will be hard create a lot of stations to fuel hydrogen cars
People are saying there is an overwhelming amount of challenges when it comes to creating the multitudes of hydrogen fueling stations that would be needed if millions of people suddenly started owning hydrogen cars. Hybrid cars use gas. And we already have gas stations.
But president Bush has made it clear that he wants hydrogen cars to be on the roads in significant numbers by the year 2020. So it seems that those who oppose hydrogen cars might just have to hold their breath and see if hydrogen cars actually live up to the lofty promises people associate with them. If they don’t live up to their promises, people will probably start running back to hybrid cars in droves. And that’s not too bad. Hybrid cars or hydrogen cars, one of them is going to get us to cleaner air.
The hottest new thing to do these days is to somehow get electrified. There are all kinds of ways to do this, like going to parties or just watching a really cool science fiction movie, but you could just buy an electric car.
That’s just what people are doing too. Well, they’re buying electric cars that aren’t totally electric. But these cars are close enough. They’re taking the old Mercedes and tossing it. The next thing they do is lie down in their beds and dream of what other options they might have had. Was it possible for them to buy a car that was completely electric?
Is so, what would be the difference? How does an electric car and a hybrid car compare? Well, there are a few key differences between hybrid and electric cars.
Electric cars are cleaner than hybrid cars
They are cleaner because they don’t give off any emissions. They also have no byproducts that pollute the air. On the other hand, hybrid cars do have some emissions from the fuel that is used to power them.
Electric cars cost less to maintain than hybrid cars
Electric cars have fewer moving parts that wear out. They are more fuel-efficient, and they have better mileage than hybrid cars. This is because electric cars get their power from batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, or the sun. That’s what makes electric cars emission-free. Hybrid cars don’t have the kind of track record that electric cars have in general efficiency. In fact, hybrid cars may just need about the same amount of maintenance that conventional cars do.
An electric car cannot go more than 100 miles without having to be recharged
What makes it difficult to own an electric car is the exorbitant cost associated with doing so. The battery in an electric car needs to be continually recharged. On the other hand, hybrid cars charge up on their own. That’s the biggest advantage of a hybrid car over an electric car.
Those are the main differences between electric and hybrid cars. Hybrid cars are the newest and hottest things in the automotive market right now, and you might be able to see the reasons why. Electric cars are not really available for mass
use. They are still being worked on and improved.
For public acceptance, a car has to meet certain conditions. One of those conditions is that the car must drive 300 miles between refueling. Then it has to fill up quickly, and be able to drive fast enough to keep up with the traffic. Since an electric car can’t go more than 100 miles without having to recharge, it does not meet the conditions. But hopefully, some electric cars will be on the market soon. Then everyone has a lot to gain from switching from hybrid cars to electric cars. But right at this moment, consumers have trusty hybrid cars to get them around. And people aren’t complaining either. But once the electric cars come out, people will be rushing to buy a car like never before.
Hybrid cars are on everyone’s minds. Twenty, forty, or fifty dollars for a full tank of gas? Who in their right might mind wants to pay that? Frustrated, the gas customers sigh. But applauded for the small amount of gas they need to operate, hybrid cars are being pulled off the lots of car dealerships each and everyday.
But what about a plug-n hybrid? Most consumers have heard that these cars are great too. Then, a person might ask him or herself, what exactly is a plug-hybrid? How do they work, and what’s the difference between a plug-in hybrid and a regular hybrid anyway?
Plug-in hybrids are able to run solely on batteries, but they use fuel also
These types of hybrid cars have some of the same characteristics of hybrid vehicles. They are also are very similar to electric vehicles. Plug-in hybrid cars must be recharged externally by connecting a plug to a power source. The combustion engine in plug-in hybrid vehicles is used only as a back up. These cars can run only on batteries if desired. However, it is expected that these types of hybrid cars be plugged in daily.
Hybrid cars travel just as many miles as a conventional car
Designed to go the extra mile where gas-mileage is concerned, hybrids can be driven on the highway, in cities, or wherever else a person needs to drive. On the other hand, plug-in hybrids are designed to handle commuter-type distances, meaning about twenty to sixty miles between destinations. This way, the plug-in hybrid does not have to use its back up combustion engine, but plug-in hybrids can go further using gas.
Hybrids help to minimize pollution, but they still pollute the air
When compared to plug-in hybrids, hybrid cars have a long ways to go where pollution is concerned. Since plug-in hybrid cars can run solely on their battery power, they don’t have to emit fuel. That means that plug-in hybrids don’t have to pollute the air.
Plug-in hybrids fight against greenhouse gases
Plug-in hybrids use virtually no imported oil. Board studies have shown that electric hybrids emit at least 67% lower greenhouse gases when compared to gasoline cars. Since the products used to power plug-in hybrids are renewable, the difference in greenhouse gases may be even greater than the study determined.
And there you have it. That’s the difference between plug-in hybrids and regular hybrid cars. It makes a big difference, but you would be surprised how little that matters at the current moment. And that’s only because plug-hybrids are not being sold to consumers at this time. But this list should get you excited about the wonderful plug-in hybrid car, coming soon to a dealer ship near you.
And it’s going to be a great debut. People already really like regular hybrid cars, but they haven’t seen anything until they see plug-in hybrid cars. But for now, maybe they should just be satisfied with what they have. Because who knows? Before plug-in hybrid cars come out, something even better might be introduced on the market.
Today, the question on everybody’s mind is, what is the difference between a hybrid car and a conventional vehicle? There must be some reason why people are debating about whether hybrid cars are worth it and checking their wallets and savings account to see if they can afford the hybrid car. There must be some reason why other people won’t even consider putting out the money for a hybrid car because they feel their conventional car gets them to where they need to go just fine. Here are the reasons why a person might choose a conventional car over a hybrid car and vice versa.
Hybrid cars are more expensive than conventional cars
Because hybrid cars have a complex internal design, they can have a pretty hefty price tag. On the other hand, conventional cars, which have probably gotten more efficient in design as the years have gone on, are quite affordable these days. Many people can be seen selling their old conventional cars. Some people even give these types of cars away. However, since a large percentage of the general population has never owned a hybrid, there aren’t many people selling used hybrid cars. Therefore, the average person looking to buy a hybrid would probably have to purchase one from a car dealer.
Both a hybrid car and a conventional car can use similar types of batteries
A hybrid and a conventional car can both use lead acid batteries that hold enough energy to power a small motor that’s electric. These batteries are what you would call “gear reduced.” That means that they can turn over an engine at approximately 300 rpms. Torque is generated to turn over the engine. And the entire process is what ends up starting the engine in the first place.
But even though hybrid car uses a lead-acid battery, its battery that works to recharge the car is constructed differently. This kind of battery is known as a deep cycle battery. And it can be compared to the batteries that are used to power golf carts.
That’s the difference between a hybrid car and a conventional car. One person might choose a hybrid car because they feel more security. For instance, if a person buys a hybrid car, they can feel secure that their car will be less likely to run out of gas. Another person might not choose a conventional car because gas doesn’t really bother them that much. And a conventional car provides security as well. With a conventional car, a person can be assured that they will always be able go to the junkyard if they need to and find old parts for their car. On the other hand, those with a hybrid car might have to look forward to some pricey repair receipts if something goes wrong.
But the final decision is up to you. There are risks involved with both types of cars. But those who like to try out new things might just consider splurging on a hybrid car.
It has been said that not enough people are doing all they can to fight against the energy crisis. Hybrid cars can help, but maybe not enough people are driving them. Here are a few issues related to the energy crisis and how hybrid cars can help.
The U.S. isn’t doing enough, really
The United States consumes the most fossil fuels in the world. However, most people believe that all of our energy problems can be solved if we would only look further into the oil deposits in Alaska or if we made full use of the recent oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico. Hybrid cars make it so that we might not have to use other sources of energy to keep the economy going. Hybrid cars don’t make Americans use an excess amount of fossil fuel. Instead, hybrid cars cause Americans to use less fossil fuel.
Energy consumers just swallow increasing gas prices
People used to care that gas prices are much higher than they were years ago. Now, people just accept the high prices. In the meantime, cars are getting bigger and bigger. Car manufacturers are making trucks and SUVs. These cars take in more gas, but you won’t believe how many people just won’t give up their dear old SUV. Hybrid cars end up costing people less to own than conventional cars do. So there’s no need to worry about just settling for being swindled by the oil economy.
Soon there could be a termination of the “cheap oil period”
Soon, we could all be in over our heads because not only will we have an energy crisis, but a peak oil crisis as well. During the peak oil crisis, there will be oil shortages and natural gas shortages. Major countries will be competing against one another for whatever oil is left. So everyone may have some problems, and countries may battle over who gets oil and who doesn’t. The peak oil crisis can be put off if more people just purchase hybrid cars. Hybrid cars don’t make it so that people always have to look for oil. And there are advances being made to hybrid cars everyday.
The plug-in hybrid car for instance, might one day, not need oil at all at all
So in the event that we have an energy crisis, Americans should really use the time to bond and create a unified fight against conflict over oil in U.S. Hybrids cars are the way to beat the energy crisis, and if the the countries still start to fight each other over oil, at least America will know they tried to stop things by investing in hybrid cars.
So it’s decided. The United States’ mass use of the hybrid car might make it so that Americans need less oil. But Americans still have yet to gain from the large amount of money being made from hybrid cars. The majority of popular hybrid cars come from Japan. So Americans need to bring that money back into the country as well as do something about the current energy crisis.
If you are thinking about a hybrid car, you may be hearing quite a bit of “talk.” Some people think the hybrid car is the best thing on the market. Some people say it’ll just pass. Other people say they think they can save a lot of money, but you’re not sure it’s really worth it. What’s the truth, and how do you separate myth from fact with all of the stuff that is being thrown at you? Below, you can read and understand the common hybrid car myths.
Hybrid cars are the same as electric cars
This is not true because hybrid cars are fuel-powered for the most part. They have what are called battery assists. The assist is powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack that is rechargeable.
You are guaranteed to save money with a hybrid car
If you are doing city driving, you may save gas and you may not. The same goes for highway driving. There are just many different factors. It has been said that if everyone bought hybrid cars, the gas consumption would decrease by only 10%. That’s not a very big difference.
A hybrid cars battery can run out
A hybrid car’s battery should not run out while you are driving it. The engine in a hybrid car does not idle when stopped (at a red light for instance.) What does it do instead? It recharges its battery. So there’s no need to worry about a hybrid car stopping you.
The hybrid cars rechargeable battery only lasts for 2 years
A hybrid car certainly would not be worth purchasing if this was the case. A hybrid car’s rechargeable batteries usually come with an eight-year warranty.
If I run out of gas, I can keep driving on the hybrid car battery
Keep in mind, a hybrid car’s battery is an assist. That means that hybrid car’s still run on fuel. After you run out of gas, the battery may keep the car running for just a little while. However, the car will stop very soon.
Hybrid cars will soon put conventional car sellers out of business
This probably won’t happen anytime soon. The reason for the delay has to do with the how much a hybrid cars. Many people simply can’t afford one. Also, people just aren’t too sure whether they will really save money on hybrid cars. Therefore, they are slow to join the rush of people who want a hybrid car.
Hybrid cars will only save you about 88 dollars a year
I did hear something on the news about this once, but it may not be true. If there’s something you really want though, and there’s a lot of smoke surrounding it, you simply have to start digging and do some of your own research. There are many different models of hybrid cars, and many different manufacturers make them. This means that there may be many more variables involved than the ones discussed here. A hybrid car may help you, and it may not, but the final decision is up to you.
How A Hybrid Car Will Help You Get More Control Of Your Wallet
The price of gas continues to fluctuate, but you don’t have to be left broke. And you don’t have to let the unstable economy control you. Do whatever you can to change your circumstances. And there are all kinds of options for you. For instance, did you know a hybrid car can help you get more control of the money in your pocket? Well it can. Hybrid cars are becoming more and more popular as the cost of fuel goes up, and hybrid cars can really give a person peace of mind.
Gas goes up and gas goes down. And the cycle just seems to go on and on without giving us much relief at all. But if you really take the time to think about it, it’s not the situation, but how you think about the situation that counts. So don’t get sad. Get glad, and pay close attention to the television commercials that talk about hybrid cars.
A hybrid car will help you to truly fight back against high gas prices. This is true because if you purchase a conventional car and then purchase a hybrid car, you will begin to see that you have more money in your pocket immediately with the hybrid car.
Do you like to throw away money? I sure don’t. But you can try it if you’d like. Go ahead, take a twenty or fifty dollar bill, ball it up and place it right in the wastebasket. As you do this, don’t even think about a hybrid car. On the other hand, think about a conventional car. Take that trash bag and toss it so that you definitely cannot go back and get the twenty or fifty dollar bill. How did that feel? That’s not what it feels like to own a hybrid car. That’s what it’s like to own a gas guzzling conventional car. When you own a hybrid car, you will see the money flowing into your pockets instead of going into the trashcan.
Balance your own checkbook? Write down the cost each time you visit the gas station. What does the addition tell you about your car? Whatever it’s telling you, a hybrid car won’t tell you the same thing. And that’s guaranteed.
So make your money talk to you the way you’d like it to. Instead of having it say to you all the time that it’s on its’ way out of your pocket, have it tell you, it’s in your pocket to stay. Get a hybrid car, because after all, the gas price man didn’t work your forty hours a week.
Who worked those forty hours? You did. So make sure you have something to show for it for a chance. A hybrid car is a really nice car to have. And it will be a real help to your bank account. Your wife and kids who are in college will love you more. So what are you waiting for? Buy a hybrid car so you can go around thinking, “money cometh.”
Yes, it’s true. You could rise to fame and fortune if you would only get up and go get a hybrid. A hybrid car is a car for the rich and famous so it just has to be for you. Many people are driving hybrid cars these days including some of the most envied people on the planet like your favorite movies stars. But the big question is, are you driving a hybrid? Are you driving anything close to hybrid? Well, if you are not, you can’t rub noses with some of these hybrid car-drivers.
These people were early drivers of hybrids. You may not see them in a hybrid when they pull up next to you on Rodeo Drive, but trust me, they’ve owned a hybrid before. Well, trust me just as much as you trust any other celebrity news.
This girl certainly isn’t clueless about the environment. She knows that driving hybrid cars has many benefits. And if the general public doesn’t have the braniac knowledge she has, then that’s just too bad. Alicia knows that hybrid cars are good for everyone including the people who can finally sniff clean air as hybrid cars pass by. So Alicia Silverstone got herself a hybrid. She’s a genius in the book as far as this article is concerned.
Hey, this funny lady not only has a cute haircut, but she was driving a cute hybrid car before you probably even knew about it. She was laughing that time at you and your gas-guzzler. Ellen’s got a knack for picking out cars that are good for her budget.
Funny and sweet, Robin knew when he played the role of Mrs. Doubtfire that he should start thinking more like a sensible driver that you would allow to transport your kids to and from school. So Robin got himself a hybrid, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Cheers! Ted knows a great car when he sees one. He didn’t sleep at the bar that morning when he decided to go check out the new cars on the lot. He got on up and bought a car that made a whole lot of sense. And yes, it seems like he was very sober while choosing this car.
What’s cooking good looking? Certainly not Brad’s fuel engine. He had a hybrid car, so he knows his car isn’t using too much fuel.
Say this sentence to yourself, “If it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for me.” That’s how you should feel when you drive a hybrid. You should feel royal, adorned, and admired because believe it or not, that’s exactly what you are. So enjoy it.
So, do you feel like a million bucks yet? Well, you should if you are thinking of all the different models of hybrid cars you would like to own. And don’t worry, you won’t have just 15 minutes of fame. Hybrid cars last for years and years.