All Hybrid Cars Are Growing In Popularity
You might have heard of the term "hybrid cars". If you are not into cars, you might regard the term as something that refers to a car or a vehicle with an "eccentric" look, say a car with an electric mower or a car with a built-in shovel and rake, because of the term "hybrid". Or you might just have heard about it in the news as the car that environmetalists have been demanding for the government to mass produce.
It is not too far fetched to say that tree-huggers and people who have a great concern about the environment love all hybrid cars. It is for them the solution or a way to help the earth to reduce one form of pollution: air pollution. All hybrid cars are known to have less emmissions as compared to diesel or gas powered cars.
Why People are Going for Hybrids
Hybrid users may not admit it, but the environment friendly features of all cars is not necessarily the main reason they bought such car that uses a different energy source. The top two reasons, according to some hybrid users are (1) they go for hybrid because it is a new thing, offers a new technology, and therefore make them feel "cool" and "in the know" compared to other people because they own not just a new car, but the latest car, the car of the future; and (2) all hybrid cars have a promise of fuel-efficiency, thus reducing one's daily fuel costs. So in reality, the environment matter may just be a nice bonus factor.
Types of Hybrids
In the market today, there are different types of hybrids: those that are powered by electricity and fuel and those that are powered by electricity alone (in this case, rechargeable batteries). So for a car or a vehicle to be called a hybrid, as the term suggests, it must be run by a different mode of energy, such as batteries alone or by both fuel and batteries, or in some instances, by solar energy. Solar powered car, however, are still in the testing stage. It hasn't been offered for mass production by any car makers.
Hybrid cars have a battery pack to help the vehicle run alternately with fossil fuel. The full hybrids or the plug-in hybrids are, unfortunately, not yet operational for many car makers because of some considerations, such as: (1) type of battery to use, since many car manufacturers are eyeing lithium ion packs, (2) capacity of the battery; (3) battery's power to run a vehicle for longer distances, and (4) the effect on the environment of producing such batteries.
Some environmentalists have predicted that even if all hybrid cars were run by batteries, the next problem will be the ensuing pollution in manufacturing such batteries and the pollution that will result when they are disposed of.
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Some inventors and car enthusiasts categorize bio-fueled vehicles under hybrids. They believe that by making petroleum dependent engines on conventional vehicles run with a bio-fuel, the same end result of having less environmentally harmful emissions is achieved. Same goes for other car fuel inventions such as bio-gas fuels and using water as fuel by transforming water into hydrogen to produce energy.
It is true that hybrid cars are still in the testing stage. Some consumers are apprehensive that buying one might prove to be expensive since its resale value will diminish significantly the minute a new technology is introduced. And new technology being discovered can be expected anytime, since inventors and car makers are continuously searching for ways to improve the car hybrid technology. This means that when a new feature or new hybrid technology is introduced, your hybrid car's value may dive down.
Nonetheless, this new technology is still gaining popularity, tremendously in fact. It is because of its positive environmental impact and promise of fuel economy. And for those of us who are more optimistic, this car is what our generation has been waiting for.