The Japanese constructors have discovered an effective method to deal with the escalating costs of the polluting cars: the hybrid car, a notion that was also adopted by some European constructors.
Believe it or not,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 same as of 50 million cars. Even with that, the governing bodies’ main attention is decreasing the pollution in the cities than in the oceans. The Japanese producers from Toyota got a thought in 1990. They wanted to have a car that did little damage to environmental surroundings. The car they created was the Prius and it was one of the first hybrid cars on the market but overall sales have not been successful.
Although 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 no more than 1% of total car sales in Europe.
The adoption of hybrid cars in Europe isn’t readily agreed on like the United States. The purchasers are not inspired to buy those cars and often they are also pricey. The only “incentive” is the elimination of a contamination tax. However the cost difference between hybrids and regular cars with the same size are pretty big.
Toyota has been doing a survey and concluded that people who drive hybrids are typically people who have college degrees or higher like doctors, lawyers and engineers. They appreciate these cars due to the low gas consumption. A good example is the Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV where it possesses a powerful 300 horsepower engine but makes use of less gas than your basic 1.4 liter automobile.
The majority of the car producers have their own hybrid collections much like the EcoNetic for Ford, BlueMotion for Volkswagen, or the EcoFlex line of Opel. This can also be seen in diesel cars as well. While diesel trucks and cars burn up less fuel per liter than gasoline cars, diesel fuel itself is more expensive per liter than regular gas. Surveys show that the majority of Europeans rather drive a gasoline fueled car than hybrids or diesel cars given that they are more powerful and cheaper.
In the beginning,Japan and the US weren’t fans of the initial batch of hybrid cars, like the Blutec model from Mercedes which were considered toxic. However, 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.
Prius is already at its third development, using an emission of CO2 of 89 grams per kilometer, which is the exact use of a smart Diesel car, although the Japanese model is a medium one. Moreover, Prius remains the only hybrid that can easily 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.