The Japanese constructors have discovered an effective strategy to deal with the increasing costs of the polluting cars: the hybrid car, an idea that was also adopted by some European constructors.
Amazingly,15 of the world’s biggest naval ships are polluting our environment in excess of the 750 million cars that are on the road. A single transport vessel pollutes the equal of 50 million cars. Despite that, the governing bodies’ principal attention is minimizing the pollution in the cities than in the oceans. The Japanese creators from Toyota had an idea in 1990. They wanted to develop a car that did little damage to the planet. The Prius was the car that was supposed to create a revolution, but the cost was also an important aspect that affected the sales.
Despite the fact that the Prius has been breaking sales records in the United States, it’s been struggling in the European and Japanese markets. For example, the sales for hybrid cars in Europe are below 1 % of the entire sales, having a market share almost comparable to the sales of the luxury cars with prices over 150 000 dollars.
Europe as a whole haven’t been very eager to adopt hybrid cars. The buyers are not inspired to buy those cars and often they are also expensive. The only “incentive” is the elimination of a smog tax. But the price difference between hybrids and regular cars with the same scale are pretty big.
Toyota did a review and concluded that people who drive hybrids tend to be people who have college degrees or higher like doctors, lawyers and engineers. These persons are acquiring those cars due to the low consumptions. A good example is the Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV where it comes with a powerful 300 horsepower engine but makes use of less gas than your basic 1.4 liter automobile.
Many auto producers today have their own lines of hybrid cars, like Opel has the Ecoflex, Ford has the EcoNetic line, and Volkswagen has the BlueMotion line. This might also be found in diesel cars as well. While diesel trucks and cars burn up a smaller amount fuel per liter than gasoline cars, diesel fuel itself costs more per liter than regular gas. Statistics show that the majority of Europeans prefer to drive the more highly effective and less expensive gasoline car than a hybrid or diesel car.
At first, the Japanese and Americans were not really big on hybrid cars when they were first introduced, like Mercedes initial line of Blutec models, which were considered cancer causing and toxic. However, let’s take into account 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 generation of Prius posseses an impressive 89 grams per kilometer of CO2 emissions which is considered the same as a Smart diesel car but much larger. Furthermore the Prius is the one hybrid that can operate on electricity only for 1 kilometer with a speeds up to 50 kilometers and all for a price of 30,000 Euro.