A Brief History About Hybrid Cars

The Japanese constructors are finding an effective approach to deal with the escalating costs of the polluting cars: the hybrid car, a notion that was also adopted by some European constructors.

The biggest 15 naval ships on the planet pollute our surroundings more than 750 million cars. It’s dumbfounding that one giant transport ship is able to pollute the environment as fifty million cars. Even with that, the government authorities’ primary attention is decreasing the pollution in the cities than in the oceans. In 1990, Toyota put together the concept of a hybrid car. These people wanted to create a car that is less destructive to our environment. 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.

The Prius has been wildly successful in the United States but has been experiencing tepid sales in Japan and in Europe. The actual percentage of hybrid car sales in Europe is almost exactly like high end luxury cars at less than 1%.

In contrast to the United States, the European states are still not ready to adopt this change. Europeans don’t really have any incentives to buy hybrid cars since they are much more expensive than regular cars. The only “incentive” is the deletion of a pollution tax. Nevertheless the cost difference between hybrids and regular cars with the same size are pretty big.

The hybrids are mostly purchased by people with secondary studies, such as lawyers, engineers, and medical professionals, according to Toyota. They appreciate these cars as a result of low gasoline consumption. A good example would be the Lexus RX 450h SUV which has 300 horsepower but it uses less gas than your typical 1.4 liter car.

Most of the car manufacturers have their own hybrid collections much like the EcoNetic for Ford, BlueMotion for Volkswagen, or the EcoFlex line of Opel. This specific trend is also observed in the case of diesel vs. gas. Although the diesel cars are less consuming, they are generally used for trucks because of the higher buying price. Reviews show that the majority of Europeans rather drive a gasoline fueled car than hybrids or diesel cars since they are more powerful and cheaper.

At first, the Japanese and Americans were not really big on hybrid cars once 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 need to be removed.

The third age group of Prius comes with an impressive 89 grams per kilometer of CO2 emissions which is the same as a Smart diesel car but much larger. Furthermore the Prius is actually the only hybrid that can function on electricity only for 1 kilometer with a speeds up to 50 kilometers and all for a price of 30,000 Euro.

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