Japanese auto producers have found an effective way to handle the pollution created by cars and that is build hybrid cars.
Surprisingly,15 of the world’s biggest naval ships are polluting our environment greater than the 750 million cars that are on the road. One single transport ship pollutes the equal of 50 million cars. Even so, the attention of all the governments is pointed at the individual vehicles, because they are polluting in the big cities, not in the “green” zones of the oceans. Starting in 1990, Toyota set about planning to develop a new type of car. They wanted to have a car that did limited damage to the planet. Toyota created the Prius which is a revolutionary car but hasn’t caught on world wide due to the price.
While 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. Sales of hybrid cars in general account for less than 1% of total car sales in Europe.
Europe in general are not very eager to adopt hybrid cars. European citizens don’t really have any incentives to invest in hybrid cars because they are much more expensive than regular cars. The only “bonus” that they get is a decrease in the pollution levy. However the cost difference between hybrids and regular cars with the same dimensions are pretty big.
Toyota has done a questionnaire and concluded that people who drive hybrids tend to be people who have college degrees or higher like doctors, lawyers and engineers. These men and women are purchasing those cars due to the low consumptions. One 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 car sellers have got their own hybrid lines like Ford has EcoNetic, Volkswagen has BlueMotion and Opel has EcoFlex. This can also be found in diesel cars as well. While diesel trucks and cars use up a smaller amount fuel per liter than gasoline cars, diesel fuel itself is more expensive per liter than regular gas. Statistics show that the majority of Europeans want to drive the more highly effective and less costly gasoline car than a hybrid or diesel car.
At first, the Japanese and Americans were not really big on hybrid cars after they were first introduced, like Mercedes initial line of Blutec models, which were considered cancer causing and toxic. But let’s not forget all of the thousands of trucks that are on the streets since the 80′s and how they should be removed.
Prius is already at its third creation, having an emission of CO2 of 89 grams per kilometer, which usually is the exact consumption of a smart Diesel car, although the Japanese model is a medium one. On top of that, 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 possibly get this car for only 30,000 Euros.