Owning a Hybrid Car

by : dennis james

The first warnings were launched about 30 years ago, when the Middle Eastern countries had stopped the oil exports, sending the world into a never before seen energy crisis.

Today's world is not that different, with oil prices climbing up day by day. Besides the peace factor, modern cars burn millions and millions of tons of oil each year, resulting tons of carbon dioxide and other gases that are the main causes of global warming.

Mankind has to find an alternative to traditional fuels and with today's level of engineering, the hybrid cars appear to be the solution, as least for the time being.

With the advent of the hybrid car, car owners and users all over the world are now finding relief that indeed there is hope from spending hundreds of dollars each month at the gas station.

A hybrid car combines a traditional engine (an engine with internal combustion, either gasoline or diesel powered) with an electric engine to move the car.

A hybrid car has the advantage that at slow speeds, such as those on busy motorways, the car uses only the electric motor to move. This results to low emissions and a very high mileage (the electric engine brings in its benefits in those areas where the internal combustion engine was the least beneficial - at slow speeds and around the city). When a certain speed is passed, the internal combustion engine kicks in to help the electric engine move the car.

If you look at a hybrid from a pure technical point of view, a hybrid cannot be classified as an electric vehicle entirely because only about 40% of the energy consumption of the vehicle is from electric sources. This energy is stored in large batteries inside the car.

Until technology finds better solutions to burning oil and gas to move cars, hybrid cars are the only alternatives that can help you save money and contribute to the stop of global warning. However, there are also a series of drawbacks to owning a hybrid car.

First, the hybrid technology used in cars today is very new and its development costs have not yet been recovered by manufacturers. That is why a hybrid car will cost significantly more than the normal version of that car. Studies have shown that on average, a hybrid car costs more than the regular model by around $2,000 to $5,000, sometimes even more. The production facilities are limited and the demand is high, so manufacturers have the pleasure keeping prices up for hybrid cars.

Second, the batteries storing the electricity required by the electric engine are very heavy and large, taking up significant interior space. . There are several states in the United States and some other global governments that are charging additional fees and other charges for acquiring a hybrid car, in the end the user ends up paying more than the car would normally cost.

The voltage required by the electric engine are very high and this adds to the car's complexity and makes it difficult to find specialized repairing shops There is also the possibility for more dangerous car accidents if something goes wrong with the electric parts of the car. Furthermore, the prices of spare parts can be very expensive for a hybrid car. You have to take a lot of things into consideration when deciding to buy a hybrid car, as things are not that simple as they might appear at first sight.