Earlier hybrid cars were called as “Semper Vivus” which meant “always alive”.
The first commercial hybrid car was Toyota Prius which was manufactured in Japan in 1997.
Hybrid cars are the good for the environment, when the world is facing issues like global warming. It reduces almost 90% of the smog which is released to the environment. And even the gasoline used is less when compared to the normal conventional cars.
Hybrid cars are very economical, as they give you 50-60 miles per gallon, and uses just one third of gas which is used by conventional cars.
Hybrid cars do not require any plug-in. They get recharged automatically as you drive.
Hybrid cars have lower depreciation rates when compared to other gasoline cars. So they will be in demand for many years to come.
The United States government offers a tax rebate for people who are using hybrid cars.
Though hybrid cars are made of very expensive parts, they also come with warranties, which promise free replacement.
Hybrid cars are not only preferred by environmentalists but also by capitalists because of the amount it saves on gasoline.
Buying a hybrid car is a sound investment as they have an excellent resale value.
When the heavy HEV developments began in the early 1990’s it is said that some of the major manufacturers donated billions of dollars towards the research of hybrid technology.
Hybrid technology exists from many years, it was used in mopeds which united the gasoline engine and power pedals, it was used in locomotives, submarines, mining trucks and others.
Hybrid cars top the order in fuel efficiency for two-seater and mid sized cars.
They are very quiet when the run, as they run most of the times of batteries.
The speed of a hybrid car is as fast as any conventional car.
The Prudential Equity Group has said that 80,000 hybrid cars were sold in the US in 2004.
J.D. Powers reports that 256,000 hybrid cars were sold in the US in 2006.
As the battery pack in the hybrid cars comes in 38 modules, there is no necessity to replace the entire battery which cost you a lot, but instead you can just replace the one which is not working which is inexpensive.
The hybrid technology is targeting at making fuel cells which use oxygen and hydrogen to create electricity, wherein the exhaust of this fuel cell is water which will be so clean that it is fit to drink.
However you look at the hybrid car, they look good. They are fuel efficient, with low emissions, have tax rebate, give you excellent mileage, they come in trendy and fashionable models and can deliver the speed you want. Go Green!