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The Entire Hybrid Vehicle Experience

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.

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Hybrid Automobiles: A History

The Japanese constructors have found an effective strategy to deal with the growing costs of the polluting cars: the hybrid car, an idea that was also adopted by some European constructors.

There exist fifteen naval ships that inflict more harm to the environment as compared with all 750 million cars that exist on the road today. It’s incredible that one giant transport ship can dirty the environment as fifty million cars. Even so, the focus of all the governments is pointed at the individual cars and trucks, because they are polluting in the big cities, not in the “green” zones of the oceans. The Japanese creators from Toyota had a thought in 1990. They wanted to have a car that did minor damage to environmental surroundings. The car these designers created was the Prius and it was one of the first hybrid cars on the market but overall sales have not been successful.

The Prius has become wildly successful in the United States but is actually experiencing tepid sales in Japan and in Europe. As an example, the sales for hybrid cars in Europe are under 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.

Europe overall haven’t been very eager to adopt hybrid cars. Usually there are no incentives for consumers to purchase hybrids plus they are much more expensive than regular cars. The only “bonus” that these people get is a decrease in the pollution tax. The cost distinction between a hybrid car and a standard gasoline car in the same group is considerable.

Toyota did a review and concluded that people who drive hybrids are typically people who have college degrees or higher like doctors, lawyers and engineers. Most of these groups consider hybrids desirable because of the low fuel consumption. A good example stands out as the Lexus RX 450h SUV which has 300 horsepower however it uses much less gas than your typical 1.4 liter car.

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. Addititionally there is a push back to diesel cars at the same time. While diesel trucks and cars use up less fuel per liter than gasoline cars, diesel fuel itself is more expensive per liter than regular gas. Statistics demonstrate that the average European wants their cars to run on gasoline, as those cars are usually stronger and cheaper.

To start with, 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, let’s remember the thousands of trucks from the 80′s, trucks that are nevertheless circulating on the roads of Europe and mostly America that must also be eliminated.

The third generation of Prius comes with an impressive 89 grams per kilometer of CO2 emissions which certainly is the same as a Smart diesel car but much bigger. Moreover, Prius is still the only hybrid that is able to work only with the electric engine and with a acceleration of 50 kilometers for more than one kilometer and it also has an attractive price of only 30 000 Euro.