Japanese car manufacturers have found a creative way to deal with the pollution created by cars and that is build hybrid cars.
The largest 15 naval ships of the world pollute the environment more than 750 million cars. That is, just one massive naval ship smogs up as much as 50 million cars. Yet the government is having to spend their time looking to find methods to reduce the pollution coming from cars in the city. The Japanese designers from Toyota got an inspiration in 1990. These people wanted to create a car that could be less harmful to our environment. The Prius ended up being the automobile that was expected to create a revolution, but the price tag was also an important aspect that affected the sales.
Despite the fact that the Prius has been breaking sales records in the United States, it’s been having difficulties in the European and Japanese markets. The percentage of hybrid car sales in The European union is almost the same as high end luxury cars at less than 1%.
Unlike the United States, the European states are still not prepared to adopt this change. European people don’t really have any incentives to purchase hybrid cars since they are much more expensive than regular cars. The only “incentive” is the removal of a smog tax. Then again, the difference between the costs of hybrids and other vehicles of the same dimensions and performances are considerable.
Research have shown that the type of people that drive hybrids are people like doctors, lawyers and engineers. They appreciate these cars because of the low fuel consumption. A good example is the Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV where it has a powerful 300 horsepower engine but consumes less gas than your basic 1.4 liter automobile.
A lot of car manufacturers today have their very own lines of hybrid cars, like Opel has the Ecoflex, Ford has the EcoNetic line, and Volkswagen has the BlueMotion line. This specific occurrence is also seen in the case of diesel vs. gas. Even though diesel autos also consume less fuel, diesel fuel tends to cost more per liter than regular gasoline. Statistics show that the majority of Europeans would rather drive the more potent and less costly gasoline car than a hybrid or diesel car.
The Americans as well as the Japanese weren’t huge fans of hybrid cars, as the first models appeared on their markets, as the Bluetec from Mercedes, was considered to be toxic and cancer causing. But the trucks 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.
The third era of Prius comes with an impressive 89 grams per kilometer of CO2 emissions which is considered the same as a Smart diesel car but larger. In addition the Prius is 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.