The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cars

Hybrid cars are considered to be the car of tomorrow. Because of the benefits it can give you, you will definitely want to get one for your own. In fact, more and more people are now considering selling their conventional car and purchase a hybrid car. So, why is it that more and more people prefer getting a hybrid car instead of a conventional car even if hybrid car retail prices are far more expensive?

The answer to this is that these people are thinking of the long term benefits that a hybrid car can give. With a hybrid car, you can cut fuel consumption in half compared to conventional cars. Hybrid cars will be able to give you maximum fuel efficiency. It will be able to give you far better mileage to the gallon. Just imagine, with a hybrid car, you can get more than 60 miles to the gallon of gasoline.

This is because hybrid cars run on two engines. One is the conventional internal combustion engine that you will find in conventional cars and the other is the electric motor and batteries. Hybrid cars are basically cars that combine electric energy and gasoline energy. By combining these two to power your car, it will run quieter, cleaner and far more efficient than conventional cars. These are the main advantages of hybrid cars.

Another advantage is that you will be able to save more money from tax breaks imposed by the US government to hybrid car users and buyers. If you own a hybrid car, you will be able to enjoy tax breaks. Also, you will be able to enjoy free parking and other incentives that the government imposed on hybrid car owners.

Now that you know about the main pros of the hybrid cars, you also need to know what the cons of hybrid cars are.

People have been purchasing hybrid cars because of the ability of saving a lot of money from fuel consumption. However, the main advantage of hybrid cars, which is the electric motor, is also its downfall. When a hybrid car is involved in an accident it will be difficult for you and the rescuers to get you out of the car because of the dangers of electrocution. Hybrid cars carry large amounts of voltage. When it gets involved in an accident, wires from the battery may tear off and will be potentially dangerous to handle.

Another disadvantage of hybrid cars is that the retail price is higher than conventional cars in the same weight class. However, the hybrid car can counter this disadvantage by allowing consumers to save money in a long term basis. When you look at it in a long term basis, hybrid cars tend to be cheaper than conventional cars. Try and compute the amount of gasoline both cars will consume during its lifetime and add it to the retail price of the car. You will see that the conventional car will tend to be more expensive than hybrid cars when you look at it in a long term basis.

These are the pros and cons of hybrid cars. You can see that it contains more advantages than disadvantages. Most hybrid cars today are now integrated with the latest technology in car safety. So, if you are planning to purchase a car, think hybrid.


11 responses to “The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cars”

  1. Matt Avatar

    I think you do a good job tackling the pros and cons of hybrids. I think eventually everyone well have to switch to hybrids. One thing I think you should mention is the altruistic motives of owning a hybrid car. Hybrid cars tend to be good for the environment because as is the case with cars using biofuels, they run on the closed carbon cycle. Additionally hybrids reduce our oil dependence. Even thought these may not be benefits for a single individual consumer they certainly are better for our society as a whole. You mention tax breaks that the government provides. I believe the government should provide even greater incentives for purchasing hybrid cars because as it stands regular fuel cars still save money in the short-term.

  2. Sam Jet Speed Devil Avatar

    Well, I think the 'solution' of hybrids is overrated. The only reason why thy are popular is because of terrible subsidies being issued by governments. Eventually we have no use for cars still using traditional fuels and that includes hybrids. Alternatives are right on our doorstep. Also I don't understand why most hybrids look so lame. Is it that hard to make them look appealing? No matter how many 'concerned' celebrities drive a Prius, no one should be forced to look at one!

  3. Free Bets Avatar
    Free Bets

    really nice and intresting article, so before to buy me hybrid car i`ll think it twice

  4. BHF Avatar

    nice posting. in germany are this kind of cars to expensive.

  5. American Idiot Avatar

    Starting next year the hybrid cars will have an average of 250 or more miles per gallon. The truth is though, Miles per gallon will be going to the way side and we'll be moving to full electric vehicles within the next 10 years would be my guess. This is a great post, however, and I never thought about the cons of electric motors and the dangers they could impose. Thanks for pointing that out and I am absolutely planning on buying a hybrid car for my next vehicle.

  6. Van Rental Avatar

    I agree to use Hybrid Cars because they dont pollute like the diesel cars. For that reason, I try to buy some hybrids to replace them, here in my business. Anyway there is a lot of another types of energy, is time to use them.

  7. Motorcycle Tees Avatar

    Hybrids are a great advance in auto technology, but I think they are still just an interim step to fully electric vehicles. It will take some time to develop long range reliable battery or fuel cell technology, but until then hybrids are a good step forward.

  8. channel ferry ticket Avatar

    I am not sure if tehy are the solution, maybe about pollution problems but somebody thinks about economy and social cost that cause just sell this kind of cars. Its a tricky thing.

  9. jenna Avatar

    What a great article, I'll think twice before getting my hybrid car, thanks!

  10. Diesel Avatar

    ur tripping diesels burn cleaner than gas cars. My TDI golf gets 50 mpg on high way and 45 city and you don't have to despose of the giant hybrid battire witch is so great for the enviroment sike.