Four Misconceptions About Hybrid Cars

Talks of energy crises and environmental problems are in the news nearly daily, sending the world’s citizens into a frenzy. The big debate in recent years has been whether or not hybrid vehicles are worth the effort or the price tag. The myths surrounding the hybrid vehicle craze need debunked in order to truly make a purchasing decision.

Hybrid Cars Need to Be Plugged In

The most common misconception about hybrid vehicles is that they all need to be plugged in. In reality, most hybrids never need to be plugged in. Engineers took an idea from the technology used in locomotives called regenerative braking. During the process of slowing and stopping, energy is sent to the rechargeable batteries. The gas engine also sends energy to a hybrid’s batteries. It is an automatic process that doesn’t mean any extra work for the driver. That isn’t to say there aren’t benefits to hybrids that do need plugged in, though. Hybrids that are charged via an electric socket can usually run all throughout a city without ever using any fuel.

Hybrid Cars Cost Too Much Money

Hybrid vehicles are not going to eat your entire life savings. There are currently more than 25 models of hybrids available with at least 25 more expected by the end of the decade and they all range between $22,000 and $103,000. The best hybrid models are the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius and both cost less than $30,000. As more hybrid vehicles are produced, they are expected to cost even less.

Hybrids Don’t Have Any Power

Hybrids are generally believed to be tiny cars that don’t have any power under the hood, which is simply not true. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has the same amount of horsepower that a Lexus Rx400h does. Some hybrids fare even better than traditional vehicles. The Lexus Gs 450h is a hybrid that has more than 300hp and can get to 60 miles per hour in just under six seconds. The combination of electric and fuel for hybrid cards gives engineers the option to control fuel parsimony against speed, whether the driver is driving in the city or on the highway and regardless of the size of the vehicle.

Hybrids Mean No More Energy and Environment Problems

Hybrids are a great resource to help save energy and fix the world’s environmental issues, but they are not going to automatically end these problems. The main reason for this is the lack of sales. Sales have skyrocketed overall. Only 9,500 hybrids were sold in 2000 as opposed to 350,000 seven years later. However, they still make up less than 3 percent of vehicle sales each year. Until more hybrid vehicles are on the road, they still don’t do much for energy resources nor the environment.

So, as you can see, hybrid vehicles aren’t going to cost you an arm and a leg, they aren’t going to slow you down on the road and they aren’t going to require you to plug them in every single day, but they also aren’t going to fix problems right away. However, one more hybrid on the road does mean slightly fewer emissions in the air.

Alex has been driving hybrid cars since they first came on to the market and enjoy blogging about it. For more information on getting insurance for your hybrid check out Acceptance Insurance.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse
Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota’s and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.