Hybrids are not as slow, ugly, and impractical as they used to be. I mean just look at the car above. This is great news for people that want to save money on gas and be more environmentally friendly. There are different types of hybrid vehicles, each with different advantages. They are also getting more practical and fun to drive with a range of vehicle sizes. Sizes range from the smallest of cars to the largest of SUV’s.
Reduced Emissions And Gas Consumption
Most hybrid engines achieve better gas consumption then their equivalent gas combustion engine. In most of these cases, it is a far better gas mileage result. Not only you will get better gas mileage, but also reduced emissions. Many people don’t know it, but there are actually 3 different types of hybrid engines:
1. A combination of electric and gas engine. This means that you can have a smaller engine to retain the same power
2. Having a large source of batteries. These are the ones that store and recapture energy. This type is great in start / stop traffic
3. The third type is capturing the braking energy of a car which is normally wasted. This can reuse some of that braking energy as kinetic energy.
These days’ hybrid vehicles are getting more practical. When they first came out, the car had an engine in the front and a whole stack of batteries in the back which made it very unpractical. But I guess that didn’t matter much back then as hybrids range was rather poor. Now batteries have decreased in size so if you want to go play a round of golf, you now have enough room for your golf clubs in the trunk. Or if you are going camping for the weekend, guess what, you have enough space.
It’s Not All Good Though
Unfortunately there is a downside to hybrid vehicles. While they do use far less gas then a regular combustion engine, there is the issue of disposing of the batteries. Most hybrid vehicles use either a lithium iron or nickel metal battery. These are far more environmentally friendly then most car batteries which are lead batteries. This being said, hybrids use many more batteries. The good news is that there are currently government initiatives at the moment to recycle these batteries.