Hybrid Cars And The Environment

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Hybrid cars are an excellent benefit for our environment.  They run off a combination of gasoline or diesel and a rechargeable battery.  Since the hybrid car uses less gasoline than a traditional car it emits much less harmful pollutants into the atmosphere and slows down greenhouse gas emissions.

Gases released into the air such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons contribute to global warming.  Hybrid cars also help reduce the amount of smog in the air.  Hybrid cars do not release as much smoke into the air as non-hybrid cars.  Smog can have a harmful effect on the welfare of the population and may cause serious health problems.

When the hybrid car is not using its gas engine it is almost silent thus reducing noise pollution.

Hybrid cars do use an internal combustion engine so they are emitting poisons into the air, but less than traditional cars.

A Toyota concept car called the "Hybrid I", which uses a hybrid engine and drive-by-wire technology, the same used in modern aircraft, is seen at the British International Motorshow in London's Excel centre July 22, 2008. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN)

The hybrid car uses gasoline only some of the time.  It uses the rechargeable battery at other times.  The hybrid car is able to create its own electricity while the car is running.

The hybrid cars uses a nickel-hydride and lithium-ion battery as opposed to the lead-acid battery in traditional cars.  The lead released into the air from the traditional car is a toxic chemical.  However, improperly disposing of the nickel-hydride batteries can also create an environmental hazard.

The hybrid cars may as much as  55 to 60 miles per gallon in city driving which is much more mileage per gallon than your traditional SUV.  The hybrid car can run off its battery when stopped or coasting which makes them very efficient for city driving.

The hybrid cars do not require oil changes as frequently as traditional cars and this reduces the need for disposal of used oil.

Purchasing a hybrid vehicle will be more expensive than a traditional model of the same size.  The hybrid car may cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 more than a similar traditional vehicle.  However, if you are concerned about helping to save the environment you may want to consider a hybrid car when contemplating your next purchase of a new vehicle.