Japanese auto producers have found a creative way to deal with the pollution created by cars and that is build hybrid cars.
Surprisingly,15 of the globe’s biggest naval ships are polluting our environment greater than the 750 million cars that are on the road. It is incredible that one giant transport ship has the ability to dirty the environment as fifty million cars. However the government is spending their time looking to find ways to reduce the pollution coming from cars in the city. Starting off in 1990, Toyota started planning to come up with a new type of car. 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 outstanding.
While the Prius has been breaking sales records in the United States, it’s been struggling in the European and Japanese markets. For example, the sales for hybrid cars in Europe are less than 1 % of the total sales, having a market share almost comparable to the sales of the luxury cars with prices over 150 000 dollars.
As opposed to the United States, the European states are still not ready to adopt this change. The buyers are not encouraged to buy those cars and often they are also pricey. The one “bonus” offered for the majority of the European states is the removal of the pollution tax for those cars. However, the difference between the costs of hybrids and other cars of the same dimensions and performances are considerable.
Toyota did a review and concluded that people who drive hybrids are usually people who have college degrees or higher like doctors, lawyers and engineers. Most of these groups think hybrids desirable because of the low fuel consumption. One example is the Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV where it has a powerful 300 horsepower engine but uses less gas than your basic 1.4 liter automobile.
Almost all of the car manufacturers have their own hybrid collections much like the EcoNetic for Ford, BlueMotion for Volkswagen, or the EcoFlex line of Opel. There is also a level of resistance to diesel cars also. While diesel trucks and cars use up significantly less fuel per liter than gasoline cars, diesel fuel itself is more expensive per liter than regular gas. Data indicate that the typical European likes their cars to operate on gasoline, as those cars are usually stronger and cheaper.
At first, the Japanese and Americans were not really 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 all the thousands of trucks that are on the streets since the 80′s and how they must be removed.
Prius is already at its third creation, using an emission of CO2 of 89 grams per kilometer, that is the exact utilization 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 speed of 50 kilometers for more than one kilometer and it also has an attractive price of only 30 000 Euro.