Hybrid and all-electric cars are becoming a mainstream reality. Electric cars have engines that run on electricity and do not require gasoline. Hybrid cars use electricity for short distances and gasoline for long drives and high speeds. These eco-friendly cars come with many advantages to the consumers.
The most obvious benefit of owning a hybrid or electric car is the increase in fuel costs. Owning either one will result in fewer trips to the gas pump. These savings really add up over time. A hybrid car will save the driver about 38 percent in fuel in the city and 19 percent on the highway. The only cost in fueling an electric car is the electricity to charge the battery.
Oil is a limited resource, meaning it will eventually run out and become unavailable. An electric car takes this worry away because it does not depend on gasoline at all. A hybrid will use a lot less gas than a traditional engine. An owner of a hybrid can feel confident in knowing they are saving this precious resource.
The government offers a tax deduction for buying an eco-friendly car. This is to encourage more people to consider choosing a more environmentally friendly option when buying their next car.
Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Carbon and sulfur emissions are greatly reduced in hybrid cars and eliminated altogether in electric cars. Reducing toxic emissions means cleaner air and a healthier environment. By using biodiesel or ethanol in place of gasoline for hybrid cars, drivers can reduce their vehicle’s toxic emissions by as much as 97 percent.
Faster Commuting Times
To increase the incentives for buying an eco-friendly car, major highways are beginning to add lanes that are designated for use only by these cars. As these cars become more popular, it is likely we will see more of these lanes available. Some places are also beginning to designate close, or even free, parking spaces.
Materials used in eco-friendly cars weigh less than traditional ones, meaning they maneuver and handle easier. Because they run on electricity, they can operate and function well at any speed. Power is consistent whether driving at high or low speeds. They do not need a transmission to make the engine run at full power, even at lower speeds, like gas-powered engines.