Several Japanese and European automakers believe the obvious way to reduce the quantity of pollution in the air is to build hybrid cars.
There are actually fifteen naval ships that deliver more harm to the environment than all 750 million cars that exist on the road today. A lone transport watercraft pollutes the equal of 50 million cars. Even with that, the government authorities’ principal attention is reducing the pollution in the cities than in the oceans. The Japanese producers from Toyota got a thought in 1990. They wanted to develop a car that would not pollute the environment. The Prius was the car that was supposed to create a revolution, but the cost was also an important aspect that affected the sales.
Even though the Prius destroys record after record in the United States, the sales for this car in Japan and especially in Europe are weak because of the lack of support from the local governments. Profits of hybrid cars generally speaking account for less than 1% of total car sales in Europe.
As opposed to the United States, the European states are nevertheless not able to adopt this change. The potential buyers are not motivated to buy those cars and often they are also pricey. The sole “bonus” made available for the majority of the European states is the reduction of the pollution tax for those cars. On the other hand, the difference between the selling prices of hybrids and other vehicles of the same dimensions and performances are considerable.
The hybrids are typically purchased by people with secondary studies, such as attorneys, engineers, and medical professionals, according to Toyota. These persons are purchasing those cars due to the low consumptions. A good example would be the Lexus RX 450h SUV which has 300 horsepower even so it uses significantly less gas than your typical 1.4 liter car.
The majority of the car manufacturers have their own hybrid lines such as the EcoNetic for Ford, BlueMotion for Volkswagen, or the EcoFlex line of Opel. There’s also a push back to diesel cars also. While diesel trucks and cars consume significantly less fuel per liter than gasoline cars, diesel fuel itself is more costly per liter than regular gas. Studies show that most Europeans rather drive a gasoline fueled car than hybrids or diesel cars given that they are more powerful and cheaper.
Initially,Japan and the US just weren’t fans of the initial batch of hybrid cars, like the Blutec model from Mercedes which were considered toxic. But, let’s remember the thousands of trucks from the 80′s, trucks that are even now circulating on the roads of Europe and mostly America that must also be eliminated.
The third edition of the Prius gives off the same CO2 emission as the diesel Smart Car at 89 grams per kilometer but is a much bigger car. Added to that, the Prius is the only hybrid car that is able to go all-electric for about 1 kilometer at speeds as much as 50 kilometers and you could get this car for only 30,000 Euros.