For many years people have often owned or driven cars that are not only to help for transportation purposes but are also there for improving the overall mobility experience.
In recent past times, people also drove cars to show off or flaunt their status symbol or just for the sake of casual and fun joy rides.
But those good times are turning into rare dreams now. For every motorist, it’s really getting harder and harder each day. Almost everybody, may it be a student or a retired senior person, is troubled and concerned about the zooming up gasoline or oil prices.
Given the constantly rising increases in gasoline prices, which come almost on a weekly basis, there is no wonder why people are forced to limit the use of car to a basic necessity.
During the start of the new millennium, giant car manufacturers had heralded great news about the development of modern cars that would significantly cut oil consumption.
Japanese car makers Toyota and Honda started with their research on alternative fuel efficient transmission systems and soon became the pioneers in this particular endeavor. Their United States and German counterparts followed the trend soon.
That was the emergence of hybrid vehicles in the now sluggish global car industry.
But what exactly are hybrid vehicles? Literally, the word ‘hybrid’ means a crossover or integration of two systems or components. Applying this term for vehicles, it means a combination of two types of cars, the gasoline powered cars and the electric powered cars.
Before understanding the hybrids further, let’s get familiarized with the two mentioned car types.
The gas-powered and electric-powered vehicles
The gas-powered cars are the predecessor of all the other types of cars that came after it. The first invented car and all the other cars and modifications that follow it until the end of the 20th century are all gas-powered cars.
Gas powered cars are, you guessed it right, run by gasoline or oil. These cars have made oil exported fro the Middle East and other nations valued like gold, because of its volatile pricing.
Many years of research and development has enabled the manufacturers to add key improvements in the newer models of the gas-powered cars. Some of them are truly superior over the others. However, their owners and users have always been complaining about their increasing bills for oil consumption.
At the same time, the environmentalists are complaining about such cars’ air pollution. They are raising strong concerns over the combustion process that produces bi-products that are harmful to nature.
The first attempt of car makers to address the increasingly rising and agitating concerns about higher oil prices and depleting ozone layer in the atmosphere was that of electric cars.
But alas, on practical grounds, those efforts were proven futile and non-feasible. Electric powered cars were turned down as impractical because their mileage and speed would not match the capacity of the gas-powered vehicles by a great margin.
A powerful combination
So, if the gas-powered vehicles were too expensive and pollution causing to maintain but really fast and reliable, and if the electric cars are not fast and reliable, but significantly cut costs of oil expenses and reduce pollution, why not combine both?
Smart integration and the ‘meeting half way’ option for the electric and gas powered cars paved the way for the rise of the hybrid vehicles.
Hybrid vehicle system consists of both gas powered engine and battery set powered motor, and a fine balance of the two power sources to manage the transmission. It truly combines the strength of both car types and addresses the concerns arising from each car types too.
However, many experts and car fanatics are still disappointed with the hybrid car’s inability to reduce oil bills as massively and tremendously as anticipated by the public before its introduction to the market.
A big concern is about the purchase price for hybrid vehicles. It’s still way, way higher. Also, due to their complex designs, many people fear that their maintenance costs will be significantly more than the gas powered cars.
It has been just a few years since the emergence of hybrid vehicles. In the future, very soon, as the production cost would go down, the prices of hybrid cars would certainly be dragged down to an affordable level.