Hybrid technology has moved on dramatically over the years. From diesel-electric trains to the humble scooter, hybrid car technology has a wide and interesting past. And its journey has sped up in recent years, with such automotive giants as Toyota and Lexus releasing models that have caught up with more 'traditional' petrol cars in performance and looks.
But why would someone be better off choosing a hybrid car? For a few reasons:-Environmental factors
The environment, and the damage that humans are doing to it, is big news. Global warming is altering the world we live in and CO2 emissions are playing a large part in that. Experts warn that cars and other types of transport make up a large percentage of our CO2 emissions and so by getting a hybrid car, which has been proven to reduce such emissions by considerable amounts, you will be helping to reduce the impact we are having upon global warming.
Better value for money
The harsh fact is that petrol isn't getting any cheaper although it has dropped in price at the moment its long term trend will be ever upwards. And any sort of daily commute can really put a dent, or even a hole, in your budget. Thankfully, hybrid cars are able to help with this, utilizing hybrid electric technology to move the car along at low speeds, reverse the car and reabsorb heat energy from brakes.
As well as giving you a far greater miles per gallon rate than traditional car types in its class, a hybrid car will also help with various government legislation. With low CO2 emissions, it avoids being penalized for being damaging to the environment, whilst it also gets around having to pay the London congestion charge, as hybrid cars are exempt.
The 'no choice in the end' factor
Even if you are not over-keen on these "new fangled" cars with their atmosphere saving engines, and you don't care if its saves the planet or not, in the end you will still convert to a more efficient engine and it will be hybrid power.
Fuel prices will continue to rise, true they have dropped back at the moment, but they will inevitably climb to levels that people will not be able to afford. Making it essential to find a way to cut back on fuel usage as much as possible so that you can stay on the road, the only option will be a hybrid vehicle.
And even if you will always have the cash to fill up your "gas guzzler", government legislation will continue to decrease the amount of harmful gasses that a vehicle is allowed to pump out, until eventually, traditional engined cars, especially larger ones. will be pushed out of the market.