11 Nisan 2011 Pazartesi

Hybrid vs. Non-Hybrid

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The Toyota Prius is the most advanced hybrid car on the market as of 2010.

Hybrids are becoming increasingly popular, but what makes them different than non-hybrids? Hybrids' electric motors afford them several benefits--such as better gas mileage--as well as drawbacks that the traditional car does not offer.
  1. Motor

    • While non-hybrid cars have internal combustion engines for power, hybrids also have electric motors to aid the engines. This means during times of stop-and-go traffic the electric motor is great and does not produce any exhaust; and at higher speeds the gas motor kicks in and gives the car more power. The gas motor also charges the battery when running.


    • According to the Milwaukee Hybrid Group, every gallon of gas you burn driving a non-hybrid car contributes 20 lbs. of carbon dioxide to the air. Hybrids reduce this pollution by about one-third.

    Fuel Efficiency

    • Hybrids get better gas mileage than non-hybrids. For instance, a 2010 non-hybrid Honda Civic gets 25 to 36 miles per gallon, with an annual fuel cost of $1,335, while the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid gets 40 to 45 miles per gallon with an annual fuel cost of only $921.


    • While non-hybrid cars rely on audible rev power, hybrid cars are quiet when driven. This can be problematic for pedestrians who may not hear the approach of a hybrid car.


    • While some hybrids--such as the Toyota Prius--have a modern design for aerodynamics, many companies are now building hybrid cars that nearly match the appearance of traditional cars.


    • On the car lot, hybrids are often more expensive--usually by approximately $5,000--than their non-hybrid equivalents, but over time hybrids save you gas money.