Pollution caused by the continued use of fossil fuels for cause is a fact. It damages our environment and creates untold risks for our future. Taking control of the amount of pollution created by cars is an important step to reducing pollution. The amount of pollution produced by cars and trucks is estimated to be more than any other source. It is no surprise that manufacturers have started producing eco-friendly cars. Of course, that may not just be market driven reasons; they are trying to satisfy government regulations at the same time.
There are several different types of environmentally friendly cars on the market. The friendliest type is the cars powered by battery power only. These cars are becoming more plentiful from a variety of manufacturers but there are some massive limitations. Your driving range is usually limited to 100 miles before you must recharge. It is difficult to find recharging locations. Those two factors make other types of cars preferred by most individuals.
Hybrids are our next type of eco-friendly car. They run on a combination of electricity and gasoline. The car uses electricity at certain speed levels and if there is inadequate battery power. While the car runs on gasoline, it recharges the batteries. This allows you to have a car that can go anytime and not wait for it to recharge in the garage. This type of eco-friendly car has become the most sought after on the market today.
Another form of hybrid is the “plug-in” hybrid. These cars still use petroleum fuels and electricity, but they require you recharge the batteries using an external source. They are more efficient than petroleum only cars, but have greater limitations than a hybrid that recharges while you drive.
An example of an efficient commercially produced hybrid is the Toyota Prius. The Prius can drive approximately 50 miles on each gallon of gas. It is the best selling hybrid on the market and one of the best selling cars in the world, proving people are interested in more efficient eco-friendly cars. The car sells for approximately $22,000. Honda’s Insight is a similar hybrid that has captured the attention of buyers. Other hybrids on the market include the Ford Fusion, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and the Chevrolet Malibu Eco. Both USA-based manufacturers and foreign manufacturers are racing forwards with new models of hybrid cars. We expect Hyundai and Kia to start shipping cars shortly.
This race to create hybrid cars is accelerating. Government mandates for higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions forces manufacturers to move to hybrid ideas. The public’s acceptance of the vehicles and desire to get higher gas mileage is fueling the race, too. Universities and science researchers are actively pursuing innovative new ideas with annual competitions to see who can create the most efficient vehicles.
These levels of innovation are leading to exciting new cars on the horizon with ever increasing range, efficiency, and reduced emissions. At the moment, the best buys are for hybrid cars that use gasoline and electricity, especially the self-recharging variety. As you shop for a new car, take time to look at the hot new hybrids from Toyota, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai. You will be surprised by the prices, luxury, performance, and economy of these cars.