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Save the Environment (and Money) - Drive a Hybrid Car

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by: williamwaxum
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Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 Time: 7:17 AM

Are cars turning out to be outdated? Currently, a lot of people are getting bicycles, what with the bad economy and ever rising gas proces. Trains, buses and taxis are starting to look pretty good. Even so, there are several cars that are very efficient on gasoline and these cars are hybrids. The fact is that, a good number of folks have never even heard of hybrid cars.

Hybrids are not all that different from standard cars, except they do have two engines. One of these engines is really a regular gas burning motor - the other is electric. This type of automobile gets far better gas mileage because of the combination of using the two motors. One negative element of using an electric motor used to be having to plug it in to recharge its batteries. Currently, we funnel the wasted energy that is generated by the car when it brakes to slow down and use it to actually keep the batteries charged up. So now, when you motor about in your new hybrid, the running system will automatically switch between the gas and electric motors based on power requirements. Typically, it depends on how fast the car is traveling, and at times to provide extra boost, the car uses both at the same time.

A hybrid isn't just cleaner to operate since it produces no emissions while under electric power, and since you're burning no gas, you'll obviously achieve much better mpg rates. It really is a matter of 50 mpg vs.14 mpg. So, it will save you money and the environment at the same time. Getting a hybrid vehicle should be a no-brainer, especially if you're interested in the environment and saving money. Yes, it may cost a little more ($5000, or so), but you are going to quickly recover that in fuel and maintenance savings.

It's this small additional up front expense that most likely makes most consumers shy away from hybrids. When you find the decrease in fuel usage, and the added tax incentives, that makes it a better deal. Many people have a worry that insurance costs will be more, and the same for maintenance costs. Although research has found that this is not the case, as maintenance charges are not any higher for the hybrids. Additionally, there are insurance rate discounts available, because people who drive hybrids get involved in considerably less accidents.

Should it be starting to be time for you to get a new car, do yourself a favor and at least check out a hybrid or two. It is possible to help clean up our dirty environment, even as you enjoy a nice tax break and save big time at the gasoline pump. Not too shabby!

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