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February 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 181

If you are among the many other automobile owners who are coming to the conclusion that automobile exhaust is contributing to the phenomena of global warming, then you might wish to consider purchasing a one of these little powerhouses. But there are many other reasons why people might wish to purchase a hybrid even though they are significantly more expensive than cars with traditional combustion engines.

Hybrids are different from cars with combustion engines because they have two motors. The first is an electric motor, the second is an engine powered solely by gasoline. They also have been equipped with a special system that is able to capture the excess energy which is generated when the car's brakes are applied. They are capable of storing this excess energy in a battery.

Most people are resistant to the idea of purchasing a car that contains two motors because they worry that it will break down twice as many times as a car with just one motor. This is a difficult question for most automobile experts to answer. A car with two motors certainly has its positive and negative features. The biggest positive feature is that hybrids require no energy when they are idling in traffic at a red light or while waiting for a train to pass. They simply shut down. They also require less energy than combustion engine automobiles when running at lower speeds. This means that when you find yourself in stop and go traffic, your automobile will not emit exhaust because it will be running solely on battery power. When travelling at higher speeds, the gas engine will begin to operate. The engine powered by gasoline is the one that charges the battery.

People who drive cars which are powered solely by electricity have found themselves stranded on the side of the road simply because they did not have an extension cord handy. A hybrid will never need an electrical charge. It will always be ready to go whenever you are!

Owning a hybrid car is not an inexpensive proposition. Installing two motors and a storage system for the battery is expensive. Because the operating systems in hybrid cars are fairly complex, hybrids require very sophisticated internal computers. Thus, if you own a hybrid car you can expect higher repair bills when it has to go in for service. This is offset, however, by the lower day-to-day operating cost. Hybrids are the most efficient automobiles available in the mass-market today. They can get as much as 60 mpg which is very good gas mileage.

The only reason that hybrids have not become more popular is because most North American automobile owners are extremely reluctant to relinquish their fast cars. But if you question any owner of a hybrid car, they will most likely tell you that any loss in speed is made up for in efficiency in gas mileage. They know that even the smallest savings in fuel economy will add years to the life of their car's life.

As most people know, the Japanese automobile industry is way ahead of the US industry in manufacturing hybrids. Despite the high cost of gasoline, American drivers are still staunchly committed to their inefficient SUVs. This mentality may be starting to change itself, though. Ford has recently brought out its Escape which is a hybrid SUV. This car is rapidly becoming very popular with automobile buyers across the United States.

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