Japanese car manufacturers have found an effective way to deal with the pollution created by cars and that is build hybrid cars.
Amazingly,15 of the earth’s biggest naval ships are polluting our environment greater than the 750 million cars that are on the road. That is, a single gigantic naval ship contaminates as much as 50 million cars. Even so, the attention of all the governments is pointed at the individual cars, since they are polluting in the big cities, not in the “green” zones of the oceans. The Japanese designers from Toyota got a thought in 1990. They wanted to end up with a car that did minor damage to environmental surroundings. The car these people created was the Prius and it was among the first hybrid cars on the market but overall sales have not been impressive.
Despite the fact that the Prius has been breaking sales records in the United States, it really has been having difficulties in the European and Japanese markets. The actual percentage of hybrid car sales in countries in Europe is almost identical to high end luxury cars at less than 1%.
Europe overall are not very eager to adopt hybrid cars. Usually there are no incentives for folks to purchase hybrids plus they are much more expensive than regular cars. The one “bonus” offered to the majority of the European states is the reduction of the pollution tax for those cars. However, the difference between the prices of hybrids and other vehicles of the same dimensions and performances are significant.
Studies have demostrated that the type of people who drive hybrids are people like doctors, lawyers and engineers. These men and women are buying those cars due to the low consumptions. An 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.
Most of the car companies have their own hybrid lines much like the EcoNetic for Ford, BlueMotion for Volkswagen, or the EcoFlex line of Opel. This specific trend is also seen in the case of diesel vs. gas. Even though the diesel cars tend to be less consuming, they are mostly used for trucks because of the higher buying price. Studies show that almost all Europeans rather drive a gasoline fueled car than hybrids or diesel cars since they are more powerful and cheaper.
At first, the Japanese and Americans were not very big on hybrid cars when they were first introduced, like Mercedes initial line of Blutec models, which were considered cancer causing and toxic. But don’t forget the thousands of trucks that are on the road since the 80′s and how they should be removed.
The next model of the Prius gives off the same CO2 emission as the diesel Smart Car at 89 grams per kilometer but is a much larger car. Moreover, the Prius is the only hybrid automobile that is able to go all-electric for about 1 kilometer at speeds up to 50 kilometers and you could get this car for only 30,000 Euros.