Some Japanese and European automakers think a sensible way to reduce the quantity of pollution in the air is to 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 watercraft pollutes the equivalent of 50 million cars. Even with that, the governments’ primary attention is decreasing the pollution in the cities than in the oceans. Starting in 1990, Toyota started planning to create a new type of car. They wanted to end up with a car that did minor damage to environmental surroundings. Toyota developed the Prius which happens to be a revolutionary car but hasn’t caught on world wide due to the price.
Despite the fact that the Prius has been breaking sales records in the United States, it’s been struggling in the European and Japanese markets. Sales of hybrid cars on the whole account for less than 1% of total car sales in Europe.
Europe in general have not been very enthusiastic to adopt hybrid cars. Europeans don’t really have any incentives to purchase hybrid cars because they are much more expensive than regular cars. The only “bonus” that people get is a decline in the pollution levy. Then again, the difference between the costs of hybrids and other vehicles of the same dimensions and performances are considerable.
Toyota has done a review and concluded that people who drive hybrids are usually people who have college degrees or higher like doctors, lawyers and engineers. These persons are buying those cars as a result of low consumptions. An 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.
A good number of car sellers have their own hybrid lines such as Ford has EcoNetic, Volkswagen has BlueMotion and Opel has EcoFlex. This may also be seen in diesel cars too. While diesel vehicles also consume much less fuel, diesel fuel is likely to cost more per liter than regular gasoline. Studies show that the majority of Europeans rather drive a gasoline fueled car than hybrids or diesel cars due to the fact they are more powerful and cheaper.
At first,Japan and the US just weren’t fans of the original batch of hybrid cars, like the Blutec model from Mercedes which were considered toxic. But let’s not forget all the thousands of trucks that are on the streets since the 80′s and how they should be removed.
The third age group of Prius has an impressive 89 grams per kilometer of CO2 emissions which certainly is the same as a Smart diesel car but much bigger. 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 can get this car for only 30,000 Euros.