Japanese car manufacturers have found a creative way to deal with the pollution created by cars and that is build hybrid cars.
The greatest 15 naval ships of the world pollute our environment more than 750 million cars. That is, one gigantic naval ship smogs up as much as 50 million cars. Even with that, the governments’ main attention is minimizing the pollution in the cities than in the oceans. In 1990, Toyota developed the notion of a hybrid car. They needed to create a car that would not pollute the environment. Toyota created the Prius that is certainly a revolutionary car but hasn’t caught on world wide due to the price.
The Prius has become wildly successful in the United States but continues to be experiencing tepid sales in Japan and in Europe. Sales and profits of hybrid cars in general account for fewer than 1% of total car sales in Europe.
Europe in general are not very eager to adopt hybrid cars. Usually there are no incentives for consumers to purchase hybrids plus they tend to be much more expensive than regular cars. The one “bonus” presented to 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 has been doing a questionnaire and concluded that people who drive hybrids are typically people who have college degrees or higher like doctors, lawyers and engineers. These people are purchasing those cars because of the low consumptions. One 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.
Most car manufacturers have their own hybrid lines just like Ford has EcoNetic, Volkswagen has BlueMotion and Opel has EcoFlex. This may also be seen in diesel cars in addition. While diesel cars also consume much less fuel, diesel fuel has a tendency to cost more per liter than regular gasoline. Statistics demonstrate that the ordinary European likes their cars to run on gasoline, as those cars are usually stronger and cheaper.
At first, the Japanese and Americans were not really big on hybrid cars after they were first introduced, like Mercedes initial line of Blutec models, which were considered cancer causing and toxic. Interestingly, let’s remember the thousands of trucks from the 80′s, trucks that are even now circulating on the roads of Europe and mostly America that must also be eliminated.
The third generation of Prius comes with an impressive 89 grams per kilometer of CO2 emissions which certainly is the same as a Smart diesel car but much bigger. Furthermore, Prius remains the only hybrid that can easily work only with the electric engine and with a acceleration of 50 kilometers for more than one kilometer and it also has an attractive price of only 30 000 Euro.