Hybrid vs. Gas Powered Automobiles

Hybrid vs. Gas Powered Automobiles

Buying a new car is one of the most major purchase decisions one can make in all likelihood, it is something that one will do a few times over the course of their life. This purchase decision is also quite daunting at times, so it is extremely helpful to conduct a bit of research before going out and making the vehicle purchase. Some challenges that a person will encounter in the process of buying a new car are pushy salesmen, comparison shopping, considerations about fuel economy and overall value. If one focuses on their requirements instead of wants, they are likelier to find the right car in a shorter period of time. One of the most important decisions in this process relates to whether to buy a hybrid car or a gas-powered automobile.

Hybrid Cars

Hybrid cars are best known as cars that can use at least two, separate sources of power to move. A hybrid car is a term that mainly relates to hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), which are known to combine an electric motor along with an internal combustion engine. A hybrid car can run on several, various sources of power. Just a few examples of these power sources are compressed air, wood or coal, liquid nitrogen, hydrogen, wind, solar, waste heat from an internal combustion engine, and diesel fuel.

The pros of a hybrid car are clear: Emissions are lowered while fuel consumption is reduced. Furthermore, a hybrid car reaches a superior fuel economy than do typical cars. However, there are also some cons to buying a hybrid car. The raw materials needed to build the average hybrid car—such as dysprosium—are expensive, which in turn increase the cost of hybrid cars to the consumer. The average cost of a hybrid car is between $19,000 and $25,000, and the cost of running it is does save money compared to the costs of running a regular car. However, the earliest time frame that an owner can see these savings is a few years because hybrids are more expensive to buy than regular cars.

Gas Powered Cars

A gas-powered car can be thought of as a car that has a fuel tank that supplies gas to the car’s engine. The fuel tank is in contrast with a hybrid car, which has no fuel tank and instead runs on batteries. A gas-powered car also has a cylinder engine (four-, six-, etc.) while a hybrid car tends to have an electric motor instead. In a gas-powered car, the engine of the car turns the transmission of the car, which turns the wheels to get the car moving.

One of the reasons that a hybrid car is being marketed so aggressively is because of the noticeable shortcomings of the gas-powered car. Two of the most clear-cut shortcomings of a gas-powered car are the bad gas mileage as well as the noteworthy amount of pollution that it emits. The decided pros of a gas-powered car relate to its costs, as it is cheaper to buy one that it is to purchase a hybrid car, just because the materials used in building a hybrid car are more expensive than those used to build a gas-powered car. The cost of buying a gas-powered car can start from as low as $14,000 or even lower depending on the class size of the vehicle. The cost of running a gas-powered car is, at first, cheaper than a hybrid car, but the actual costs catch up with owners over the years due to the lack of fuel economy and other factors.

The hybrid car concept is being pushed on car consumers, yet this technology is still in its infancy and has not blossomed to where it should be to make it worth the time of many consumers. Still, the advantages and the disadvantages of owning a hybrid car are about even, although gas-powered cars still dominate the automobile market. Where gas-powered cars are inferior when it comes to fuel economy, hybrid cars can reduce emissions and, therefore, pollutions that standard cars are so good at putting out. Cost is another issue that is still a question mark with regards to both types of cars. While hybrid cars can save a person money in the long run (a few years after purchase), it is still cheaper to run a gas-powered car, at least for the first few years after purchase.

To understand more about hybrid and gas-powered cars, consult these links.

Toyota Prius Hybrid

Review of VW Touareg Hybrid

Nissan Altima Hybrid

Infiniti Hybrid

Kia Optima Hybrid

Lincoln Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

BMW Hybrid

Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Converting Gas-powered Cars to Electricity

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