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Hybrid Vehicles Are More Energy Efficient And Less Expensive

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Hybrid Vehicles Are More Energy Efficient And Less Expensive

Rebecca Myers
March 7, 2013


Are hybrid vehicles more efficient than traditional cars? These are the latest in energy conservation products, but just how well do they work and what kind of savings do they offer? This term simply means that there is more than one source of power provided. On the market today the most numerous of these uses either a gas or diesel powered engine combined with an electrical battery, and there are some special considerations that need to be examined before one of these is purchased.

One aspect that needs to be evaluated is the cost involved. Most of these models cost more than traditional vehicles, and in many cases they are not cost effective. Studies show that the typical owner will only keep a brand new car or truck for an average of 6 years, and a number of hybrids are so expensive that there will be no cost savings in this time period. There are a few models available which will recoup the extra expense in as little as 2-3 years at the current gas prices but most will not.

Higher mileage and the ability to make a gallon of gas last for much longer are both reasons that these are chosen. If expectations for higher fuel prices come true then obviously the savings seen with a hybrid may be higher, but if this drops then it will take even longer to start seeing any expense advantage.

Is all of the hype surrounding hybrids factual or is it just another marketing gimmick? These vehicles are not ideal for everyone, and they may have some disadvantages in certain circumstances. The specific model and make that is chosen is also important. Some will be less expensive to purchase and operate than others, and the time required before any savings are seen is a factor that needs to be assessed as well. You may find that there are certain models which are not as efficient as others, and this can only be determined by comparing the various options.

A number of individuals will purchase this type of car in order to help the environment and cut back on the amount of fossil fuel that is used. Rushing into this decision is a bad idea though, and it could be a costly mistake if you are not careful. Some of these vehicles may even have a display that can help you calculate what you have saved in comparison with your previous mode of transportation. Make sure to perform all of the necessary calculations before you make a final purchase decision.


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