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The Advantages of Hybrid Cars

8/10/2012

In the long run, hybrid cars can be money-savers. By combining gasoline engines with electric motors, hybrid cars deliver dramatically higher fuel efficiency than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.

There are many pros to purchasing a hybrid car. First, hybrids benefit the environment. They have lower carbon dioxide emissions, use less gasoline, and release less exhaust into the air.

In the short term, hybrid cars are more expensive than traditional models. A hybrid version of Car X will cost as much as $5,000 more than the gasoline-powered Car X. This is due mainly to the cost of the electric motor and battery. To determine cost effectiveness, compare the price differential to the amount you would expect to save annually on fuel. Then multiply that by the number of years you are likely to keep the vehicle.

The hybrid version of Car X will usually be heavier than the traditional version (again, because of the electric motor and battery), and therefore may not handle as smoothly or accelerate as fast as the average economy car. If you are a conservative driver, the handling probably will not be an issue. With that being said, if you are looking for a car that offers high performance, then the hybrid may not be for you.

Servicing a hybrid is one of the few downsides of owning this car. Not all service facilities have the equipment and expertise needed to service a hybrid, and so you will most likely need to have the car serviced by the dealer or manufacturer. When you travel, you will need to know where the car can be serviced along your route.

However, as the demand for hybrids continues to increase, manufacturers are likely to resolve these issues in the near future.

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