Hybrid Automobiles: An Actual History

Japanese car makers have found an excellent way to cope with the pollution created by cars and that is build hybrid cars.

Amazingly,15 of the world’s biggest naval ships are polluting our environment in excess of the 750 million cars that are on the road. A single transport vessel pollutes the equivalent of 50 million cars. Even with that, the governing bodies’ primary attention is reducing the pollution in the cities than in the oceans. In 1990, Toyota put together the notion of a hybrid car. They wanted to end up with a car that did minor damage to the planet. The Prius seemed to be the car that was supposed to create a revolution, but the price was also an important aspect that affected the sales.

Even though the Prius continues to be breaking sales records in the United States, it really has been fighting in the European and Japanese markets. For example, the sales for hybrid cars in Europe are under 1 % of the overall sales, having a market share almost comparable to the sales of the luxury cars with prices over 150 000 dollars.

Unlike the United States, the European states are nevertheless not able to adopt this change. The potential buyers are not motivated to buy those cars and often they are also expensive. The only “incentive” is the deletion of a contamination tax. However the price difference between hybrids and regular cars with the same scale are pretty big.

Surveys have indicated that the type of people that drive hybrids are people like doctors, lawyers and engineers. These groups consider hybrids desirable because of the low fuel consumption. For instance, the Lexus RX 450h has got 300 horse power but it uses less than a common 1.4 liters car.

Most car companies have got their own hybrid lines such as Ford has EcoNetic, Volkswagen has BlueMotion and Opel has EcoFlex. This may also be found in diesel cars too. While diesel trucks and cars burn up a smaller amount fuel per liter than gasoline cars, diesel fuel itself costs more per liter than regular gas. Statistics show that the majority of Europeans prefer to drive the more potent and less expensive gasoline car than a hybrid or diesel car.

Initially,Japan and the US were not fans of the original batch of hybrid cars, like the Blutec model from Mercedes which were considered toxic. However the trucks out of the 80′s still exist on the road today in Europe and in America and they create more harm than any of the newer cars.

Prius is already at its third creation, having an emission of CO2 of 89 grams per kilometer, that is the exact consumption of a smart Diesel car, although the Japanese model is a medium one. In addition 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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