Hybrid Vehicles: A History
Japanese car manufacturers have found a creative way to deal with the pollution created by cars and that is build hybrid cars.
The largest 15 naval ships on the planet pollute our environment more than 750 million cars. It’s dumbfounding that one giant transport ship is able to pollute the environment as fifty million cars. But the government is spending their time looking to find methods to reduce the pollution coming from cars in the city. Beginning in 1990, Toyota started planning to come up with a new type of car. These folks wanted to create a car that’s less damaging to our environment. The Prius was the vehicle that was supposed to create a revolution, but the price tag was also an important aspect that affected the sales.
Even though the Prius breaks record after record in north America, the sales for this car in Japan and especially in Europe are weak because of the lack of support from the local governments. For instance, the sales for hybrid cars in Europe are under 1 % of the entire sales, having a market share almost comparable to the sales of the luxury cars with prices over 150 000 dollars.
The acceptance of hybrid cars in Europe has not been readily agreed on like the United States. European citizens don’t really have any incentives to buy hybrid cars since they are much more expensive than regular cars. The only “incentive” is the elimination of a smog tax. Nevertheless the price tag difference between hybrids and regular cars with the same size are pretty big.
The hybrids are mostly acquired by people with secondary studies, such as legal professionals, engineers, and medical professionals, according to Toyota. These types of groups consider hybrids desirable because of the low fuel consumption. To illustrate, the Lexus RX 450h has got 300 horse power but it consumes less than a common 1.4 liters car.
Most car manufacturers have their own hybrid lines like Ford has EcoNetic, Volkswagen has BlueMotion and Opel has EcoFlex. This kind of phenomenon is also observed in the case of diesel vs. gas. Although the diesel cars tend to be less consuming, they are mostly used for trucks because of the higher buying price. Statistics show that the majority of Europeans would rather drive the more highly effective and less expensive gasoline car than a hybrid or diesel car.
At first, the Japanese and Americans were not very big on hybrid cars after they were first introduced, like Mercedes initial line of Blutec models, which were considered cancer causing and toxic. Though the trucks from the 80′s remain on the road right now in Europe and in America and they create more harm than any of the newer cars.
The third age group of Prius posseses an impressive 89 grams per kilometer of CO2 emissions which certainly is the same as a Smart diesel car but much larger. Moreover, the Prius is the only hybrid automobile that has the capacity 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.