The increase in gas prices as well as the effects of global warming believed to have been brought on by carbon emissions has driven the demand for hybrid vehicles that use less gas and run using a combination of gas and electricity.
The hybrid vehicle was introduced in the U.S. in 1999 and has been gradually increasing in popularity with its battery assisted electric motor that works in tandem with the gas engine. Because of the way they operate they consume less fuel and are very low in emitted pollutants that can harm the environment. Many people wonder if they really live up to all of the expectations.
For those who are interested in protecting the environment it is pretty much a no brainer to drive a hybrid since it has been proven through research that some of the better hybrid cars put off as much as 90% less harmful pollutants than that of a traditional gas powered vehicle. The people who drive hybrids enjoy the fact that the electric motor offers cleaner energy and gives the security of having the power of the gas engine when it is needed. This collaboration gives us a vehicle that not only has outstanding fuel economy but as stated before, dramatically reduces pollutants.
Because hybrid cars are much smaller than conventional automobiles as a whole they also do not require as large and engine. There are now some hybrid SUVs coming out but many hybrid purists feel that this is really defeating the purpose. The smaller hybrids of course use smaller engines which while not having a lot of power do have great fuel economy.
Now for the cons. As for now, the hybrid vehicles cost quite a bit more than a comparable conventional vehicle. You will pay on average around five thousand dollars more for the hybrid version of a particular car. However, if you intend to keep the car for a long time you will recoup a great deal on fuel. The cost of hybrids comes from the batteries that are currently used, as battery prices are reduced we can expect to see a reduction in the cost difference of Hybrids.
There is already one car company that is producing a totally electric car called the Tesla that runs on laptop batteries. The company is backed by some of the leaders of the internet industry and shows great promise as the first non gas powered vehicle that is also a true performance car as well with zero to sixty times under four seconds!