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Hybrid Cars: A Story

Japanese car makers have found an effective way to cope with the pollution created by cars and that is build hybrid cars.

The greatest 15 naval ships found on earth pollute our environment more than 750 million cars. That is, just one giant naval ship contaminates as much as 50 million cars. Yet the government is spending their time attempting to find approaches to reduce the pollution coming from cars in the city. Starting in 1990, Toyota set about planning to come up with a new type of car. They wanted to create a car that would not pollute the environment. The car these people created was the Prius and it was one of the first hybrid cars on the market but overall sales have not been impressive.

Even though the Prius breaks record after record in the United States, the sales for this car in Japan and especially in Europe are weak because of the lack of support from the local governments. The percentage of hybrid car sales in The European union is almost exactly like high end luxury cars at less than 1%.

In contrast to the United States, the European states continue to be not prepared to adopt this change. The purchasers are not inspired to buy those cars and often they are also high priced. The only “bonus” made available with the majority of the European states is the reduction of the pollution tax for those cars. The cost variation between a hybrid car and a standard gasoline car in the same group is considerable.

Research have demostrated that the type of people who drive hybrids are people like doctors, lawyers and engineers. These groups think hybrids attractive because of the low fuel consumption. To illustrate, the Lexus RX 450h has 300 horse power but it consumes less than a common 1.4 liters car.

Numerous 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 can also be observed in diesel cars as well. Despite the fact that the diesel cars tend to be less consuming, they are largely used for trucks because of the higher buying price. Stats demonstrate that the typical European wants their cars to operate on gasoline, as those cars are usually stronger and cheaper.

The Americans and the Japanese were not huge admirers of hybrid cars, as the first models appeared on their markets, as the Bluetec from Mercedes, was considered to be toxic and cancer causing. However the trucks coming from the 80′s exist on the road right now in Europe and in America and they create more harm than any of the newer cars.

Prius is already at its third creation, which has an emission of CO2 of 89 grams per kilometer, that is the exact consumption of a smart Diesel car, although the Japanese model is a medium one. In addition, Prius is still the only hybrid that is able to work only with the electric engine and with a velocity of 50 kilometers for more than one kilometer and it also has an attractive price of only 30 000 Euro.