A number of Japanese and European automakers believe a sensible way to reduce the level of pollution in the air is to build hybrid cars.
Believe it or not,15 of the earth’s biggest naval ships are polluting our environment more than the 750 million cars that are on the road. That is, just one massive naval ship smogs up as much as 50 million cars. Even with that, the governing bodies’ main attention is reducing the pollution in the cities than in the oceans. In 1990, Toyota developed the idea of a hybrid car. They wanted to create a car that would not pollute the environment. Toyota developed the Prius that is certainly a revolutionary car but hasn’t caught on world wide due to the price.
Even though the Prius breaks record after record in north America, the sales for this car in Japan and especially in Europe are weak because of the lack of support from the local governments. For instance, the sales for hybrid cars in Europe are less than 1 % of the overall sales, having a market share almost the same as the sales of the luxury cars with prices over 150 000 dollars.
Unlike the United States, the European states are nevertheless not able to adopt this change. The purchasers are not motivated to buy those cars and often they are also pricey. The only “incentive” is the removal of a contamination tax. However, the difference between the selling prices of hybrids and other cars of the same dimensions and performances are significant.
The hybrids are typically purchased by individuals with secondary studies, such as attorneys, engineers, and physicians, according to Toyota. They prefer these cars because of the low gas consumption. A good example stands out as the Lexus RX 450h SUV which has 300 horsepower however it uses less gas than your typical 1.4 liter car.
The majority of the car producers have their own hybrid models like the EcoNetic for Ford, BlueMotion for Volkswagen, or the EcoFlex line of Opel. This might also be observed in diesel cars as well. Although the diesel cars tend to be less consuming, they are generally used for trucks because of the higher buying price. Statistics show that the majority of Europeans prefer to drive the more potent and less expensive gasoline car than a hybrid or diesel car.
At first,Japan and the US were not fans of the initial batch of hybrid cars, like the Blutec model from Mercedes which were considered toxic. However the trucks coming from the 80′s still exist on the road today in Europe and in America and they create more harm than any of the newer cars.
Prius is already at its third generation, which has an emission of CO2 of 89 grams per kilometer, that is the exact utilization of a smart Diesel car, although the Japanese model is a medium one. Furthermore the Prius happens to be the only hybrid that can run on electricity only for 1 kilometer with a speeds up to 50 kilometers and all for a price of 30,000 Euro.