Hybrid Cars and the Environment
It's always been a concern that the average gasoline-powered vehicle is a serious detriment to the environment. The big cars make a lot of noise on the roads, and fuel emissions are supposedly horrible for our ozone layer. What can a person to do to make the environment better for all of us? He or she may want to purchase a hybrid car. The hybrid car, the next wave of the future, is known for its more positive impact on the environment. The impact of hybrid cars on the environment is explained below.
Worried about all noise on the roads? The conventional automotive cars generally are responsible for a lot of noise emissions because of the sounds of their motors. However, because a hybrid car uses an electrical motor, its noise emissions are greatly reduced when compared to fuel-powered cars. At low speeds, the noise emissions of hybrid cars are optimal for the public.
However, if the public has a disability, there may be a problem.
Low noise emissions can be a problem because the blind or visually impaired depend on the loud noises vehicles make while running or idle. Without that noise, the visually impaired find it very difficult to cross the street safely. Therefore, this group of people is negatively impacted by the reduced noise emissions of the hybrid car. However, noise emissions are not the only change hybrid cars bring to the environment.
Hybrid cars help reduce the amount of smog that is in the air. Therefore, the general respiratory health of the public benefits from the use of hybrid cars.
So if you are looking for cleaner air, and more peace and quiet when you go outside, you may be hoping that people start purchasing hybrid cars. The only problem is that hybrid cars come at an expensive price. They cost much more than petroleum-fuelled cars.
The cost of hybrid cars is higher because of extra batteries, extra electronics, and sometimes, other considerations related to design. However, there can be trade offs.
Some people think hybrid cars may be able to pay for themselves because of the savings in gas. However, that is very debatable. It depends on the number of miles travelled, the cost of fuel, and sometimes subsidies from the government.
In April of 2006, Consumer Magazine said in one of its articles that hybrid cars would not pay for themselves in 5 years. However, there was a mathematical error in that article. When the error was corrected, it was shown that the hybrid car could pay for itself in a little less than five years.
However, how much money a hybrid car will actually save a person is still a controversial issue. Some say, the savings are big. Some say they are small. In any case, the actual savings seem difficult to predict and affected by various factors.
In countries that are trying to lessen pollution and contamination, it may cost more to own any vehicle other than a hybrid car. Therefore, if you are living in another county with a pollution problem, a hybrid car may be the best choice for you.
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