Hybrid vehicles are popular today. Just a decade or so ago, hybrid vehicles were considered cutting edge technology that appealed primarily to environmental enthusiasts. As a result, the market was small. Today, hybrid cars are mainstream and legitimate choices when one is looking for standard transportation. The result is that most of the major car manufacturers have one or more hybrid models in their lineup. Funny thing is that now that hybrids are so common, some of the original driving forces behind their adoption are becoming less well known. The fact is that hybrid vehicles have tremendous environmental benefits and they bear repeating. Here are the top five.
Less Atmospheric Pollution
In 2015, cars and trucks in the United States produced more than half of the nitrous oxides, carbon dioxide and other pollutants emitted into the air. Because hybrid cars run primarily on electricity, the cars themselves produce almost no noxious gases. Also, they are highly efficient so they use less gasoline, in general.
Reduced Dependence on Oil
Because hybrid vehicles run partially on electricity and partially on gas. Most are designed to use electrical power initially and then switch to gas if needed. This means that little gas is used by hybrids that are plugged in for charging. But that’s not all. Remember as our friends at Star Chrysler of Abilene, TX, remind us some vehicles have the ability to generate their own power during actions such as braking. This further contributes to reduced gasoline usage.
Improved Gas Mileage
Because of the electrical and gasoline powertrains and general design, hybrid vehicles give them mileages that are 20 to 30 percent greater than traditional vehicles.
Reduced Noise Pollution
Traditional internal combustion vehicles are known for their high noise levels, and this can be irritating in urban areas where there are plenty of cars. Hybrid cars solve this problem by running on noiseless electrical power primarily. For the times where the gasoline engine is used, features such as engine idle technology and energy recycling, contribute to low noise.
Decreased Oil Drilling
Oil drilling and general production is messy and polluting. Just consider Fracking. There are genuine concerns that fracking is going to pollute our ground water supplies. Obviously, less oil usage leads to less drilling.
The Bottom Line
Hybrid cars have much to offer both the owner and the environment. The technology isn’t unusual now, it’s mainstream. Prices are also much lower than they originally were. If you care to boast about the wonderful things that hybrids bring to the environment, feel free to use the previous five bullet pointed facts.