are the most fuel efficent and new environmentally aware way to drive. But how do Hybrid cars work? Hybrid cars are cars that are powered by an electric battery as well as a gasoline engine. A hybrid vehicle contains parts of both gasoline and electric vehicles in an attempt to get the best of both worlds.With these configurations, hybrid cars are able to have a fuel mileage of 60-70 mpg as compared to 20-40 in conventional cars. Gas-Electric Hybrid Cars are available now. Driving tests of hybrid vehicles indicate that hybrid cars are 80 – 90 percent cleaner than combustion vehicles. Hybrid cars are the beginning of the end for gasoline cars.
Gas prices as high as $3 per gallon are increasing demand for hybrid cars. The long-term trend toward higher gas prices, experts say, will continue. Over the past few years, gas prices have soared to record levels, forcing people to begin to look at the advantages of buying hybrid cars or flexfuel vehicles to save money at the pump. The fast hike in gas prices has forced many motorists to cut back on trips, take public transportation more and buy more fuel-efficient or hybrid cars.
The manufacturers of hybrid vehicles also realize that hybrid cars are here to stay. The Toyota Prius and Honda Civic hybrid are the most fuel efficient vehicles for 2007 according to the US government. The Honda Accord is going to use same Integrated Motor Assist technology which is used by other hybrid cars from Honda. Nissan is going license some of the hybrid technology from Toyota, who also makes the Highlander and Camry, the current market leader in manufacturing of hybrid cars. GM said the first models to feature the new hybrid technology would be the Chevy Tahoe and the GMC Yukon in 2007. Ford Escape is currently the most fuel efficent hybird SUV or any Sport Utility Vehicle for that matter. Also, Lexus has introduced the first luxury hybrids: the GS 450h sedan and the RX hybrid luxury SUV.
Hybrid cars are priced three to seven thousand dollars more than similar standard versions of the same vehicle. Although none are commercially available today, fuel cell-powered vehicles are expected to begin competing with hybrid cars by 2007. The authorities expect that by 2020 there will be five million fuel cell vehicles on this country’s roads. In fact, it’s likely that our gas guzzling vehicles of today are about to go the way of the dinosaur as more hybrid cars make it to market.
Hybrid technology has taken the world by storm in recent years. Hybrid technology is just entering the mainstream, however. The batteries that are commonly used in hybrid cars are still very similar to the standard car batteries that have been in use for great many years. But, there are exciting advances in battery nanotechnology and other battery technology areas. A hybrid car has a gasoline engine that is smaller than most cars and uses technology that reduces emissions and increases efficiency. The technology behind hybrid engines just keeps getting better and better.
Hybrid cars are increasingly popular with celebrities and those who want to demonstrate their commitment to a cleaner environment. Some people think that hybrid cars are the cars of the future, and they are. Hybrid cars are one proximate solution to gas-hogging gasoline engines. Also in man states, solo drivers of hybrid cars are permitted to use the high-occupancy lanes even without federal approval. Hybrid cars with many many advantages are an affordable and innovative way to help protect our environment and benefit from the increased fuel mileage.