This post is a guest blog written by Travis Overby.
With skyrocketing gas prices and the increasing concerns about the impact of carbon emissions on the environment, Hybrid Electric Cars have been growing in popularity. A hybrid electric vehicle combines a fuel-efficient gas engine with an electric motor. The purpose of these cars is to decrease the amount of fuel emissions being released into the atmosphere. As well, the car can travel longer distances than a conventional car which decreases gas consumption.
Hybrid electric cars have a number of benefits that include: decrease the emission of greenhouse gases, reduce pollution, and decrease energy consumption. As technological advancements in these vehicles increase, these cars will able to make use of a variety of different types of fuels as natural gas, ethanol, and biodiesel.
Hybrid vehicles contain a large battery, electric motor, and traditional engine. There are ‘plug in’ hybrids that need to be charged by plugging them into a power source. Other hybrids called, ‘charge sustaining’ works by the electricity going into the battery being produced by the internal combustion engine. All hybrid electric cars have a computer that is programmed to operate the car. The distance that the car can travel using the stored electricity will vary according to the particular model.
Today, the sales of hybrid cars are steadily increasing. For instance, in January 2010, in the US, sales of hybrids were 17,157 units. For this reason and the fact that there is a trend to encourage people to buy more fuel efficient cars, insurance companies are providing insurance discount incentives. Hybrid owners can often receive as much as a 10% hybrid insurance discount which can result in substantial long term savings. As well as saving up to 10% on hybrid insurance, it is important for hybrid owners to take advantage of other available discounts such as: good student grade discounts, low mileage discounts, safe driver discounts, antitheft discounts, multi vehicle discounts, senior citizen discounts, safety feature discounts, and more. The best way to get a cheap car insurance policy is to comparison shop for at least three different quotes from different insurance companies.
Because there is a global trend to become less dependent on fossil fuels, the sales of hybrids cars is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. Hybrid Electric Cars are expected to be the design vehicles of the future.
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Originally posted 2010-05-02 21:44:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter