Hybrid Cars Pros And Cons
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The Pros & Cons of Owning A Hybrid Vehicle
Hybrids contribute greatly to maintaining a healthy environment.
The whole point behind hybrid automobiles is their phenomenal fuel economy using a smaller sized engine. That fact, combined with
extremely low emissions, produces the cleanest eco-friendly vehicles. They really offer great engine performance and still drive
like conventional vehicles.
PROs: Top Reasons for Owning Hybrid Vehicles
Fuel efficiency is extremely important considering the shape the economy is in. Gas prices dipped for a moment but it seems they are
going back up! The more you can save the better it is for your pocket.
Hybrid vehicle owners enjoy purchase incentives though they do vary by state. There are also federal tax deductibles for hybrid car owners.
- Driving habits are unchanged and there are no special driving habits or methods to learn.
- You do your part in saving the environment. Hybrids have nearly 95% less toxic emissions when compared to conventional
automobiles and half as much carbon dioxide as regular vehicles. Because of this, owning a hybrid won't hurt your image either since
it is seen as the future of the automotive world. In all likelihood, the hybrid vehicle industry is shaping up to be just that. The
efficiency of hybrids is constantly improving and there is no sign of slowing down. Not to mention they are also considered politically correct.
- Hybrid owners enjoy a much higher mileage, up to 10% more or up to about 3 miles per gallon.
- Hybrids are just as safe as conventional cars so you're not sacrificing anything - just gaining more quality.
- Some states allow you to drive your hybrid vehicle in the HOV lanes, which can make your commute much faster.
- The hybrid's battery pack does not need to be charged up from an external source. It can get recharged during regenerative
braking and by the gas engine whenever necessary.
- There are special warranty provisions to cover expensive add-ons such as the battery pack or electric motor.
- Hybrids can also run on alternative fuels. This decreases the dependency on fossil fuels, which saves you money.
CONs: Top Reasons Why Some Are Not Buying Hybrids
- .Some states have added registration fees for hybrid vehicles.
- The sticker price is generally $2,000 to $5,000 more when compared to conventional vehicles.
- Hybrids have a more complex motor or power train. If something goes wrong you will have to go to a hybrid professional as
opposed to fixing it your self or taking it to your local mechanic.
- Parts will most likely be more expensive and not as readily available as conventional car parts.
- Tires cost more to replace.
- Some hybrids have less acceleration capability when compared to conventional vehicles.
- Electric motors are designed more for economy than speed (but this is slowly improving every year).
The one thing to keep in mind is that hybrids are improving quickly. You may choose to hold off on purchasing a hybrid vehicle until
more improvements are being made. Even if you purchased a hybrid now you could still reap benefits that outperform your conventional
automobile. It all depends on what you want out of your vehicle and what is important to your car owning experience. One complaint
about hybrids is that they are not particularly attractive. This is a factor to some people. However, even the "look" of hybrid vehicles
is changing. They are becoming more and more aesthetically appealing. If you were in the market for a new car or even a used one, it
would be good to include hybrids when reviewing vehicles just to be thorough. If you're in a real economic crunch and you find a hybrid
in your price range, you might have found a way to save your pocket and the environment from burning at the same time.