What Is Hybrid And How Can It Benefit You?
By: Jackson Porter -
With gas prices on the rise and no relief in site, many people
are starting to consider the advantage of owning a hybrid vehicle.
But what exactly is a hybrid and how can it benefit you? First you
should know that hybrids are actually much more common that you
might think. For example, many commuter trains and city buses are
electric-diesel hybrids. Many types of industrial heavy vehicles
are also hybrids such as mining trucks and even submarines.
So the definition then of a hybrid is any vehicle that runs on not
just one, but a combination of two power sources. So why should
you buy one? Let s consider the advantages.
Hybrid cars are energy efficient. They are affordable and they are
a workable way to deal with our energy situation and are therefore
worth supporting. They have small efficient gas engines that work
in combination with an electric motor. The two work together, the
electric motor recharges while the car is in motion. Efficiency
is then maintained by aerodynamic styling, lightweight material,
and intermittent engine shut off.
Intermittent engine shut off comes into play when the car is stopped
for short periods such as a stop light. The engine then shuts off
and kicks back on when the gas pedal is depressed.
Lightweight building materials are used to make the hybrid more
energy efficient and emphasis is placed on aerodynamic styling to
reduce wind drag. Hybrid cars use low rolling resistance tires which
are unique in that they are narrower and stiffer and have a lot
less drag which adds to the energy efficiency.
Hybrids are also better for our environment. They emit 97% less
emissions than regular cars and have roughly the same amount of
carbon dioxide. They get far greater gas mileage and are equally
as safe to drive as non hybrid cars.
Hybrids also drive the same as regular cars so it is treated in
the same manner; nothing new to learn specific to the handling of
a hybrid. Owners of hybrids may also be entitled to incentives.
These vary from state to state so check in your area to find out
what is available. One blanket incentive is a reduction in federal
taxes for hybrid owners.
Jackson Porter is a staff writer at Environmental
Central and is an occasional contributor to several other websites,
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