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.
The newest car solution seems to be to meet the gas crisis by putting out more green hybrid electric cars. With gas prices fluctuating and the state of the economy up in the air as it is, driving a car in America has become quite a hassle and many people are turning toward other options because it feels like continuing to operate their vehicles will be a waste of money when there are scooters, motorcycles, bicycles, rideshares and public transportation to consider. Alternatives like public transportation and car pooling are becoming much more prevalent in this day and age, and the demand for gas guzzling options like the newest SUV to hit the market is not as high as it once was because gas prices simply are not cooperating.
Luckily, the big three automakers in the United States are wising up to this fact and seem to plan on combating the low turnover for new automobile sales by creating new vehicle options that cater to the needs of people looking for hot new vehicles that also happen to be hybrid electric cars. More demand is being placed on used cars and smaller cars because they are more affordable, and in many cases can offer better mileage, so the big three automakers in the United States are going to make less money until they nip this problem in the bud by producing vehicles that will create increased demand, and this is where hybrid electric cars are coming in.
The big three automakers really need to find a way to push out more green hybrid electric cars, as well as hybrid trucks, SUTs and SUVs, offering them at competitive and affordable prices in order to drum up some support and demand. This is going to take care of the fueling crisis, because there will be new style preferences and model preferences and less stress will be placed on trying to find a fuel efficient vehicle when there are so many options on the market.
If the big tree automakers continue to lobby for and invest in electric refueling stations and other similar concepts, they would gain more popularity for their companies while offering new chances for consumers to get hybrid electric cars, which save money and cut down on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. If there were more refueling stations out there for green hybrid electric cars, then there would be more hybrid cars and more electric cars, and the sales of these vehicles would also increase significantly because these dynamics absolutely go hand in hand with one another. Even as the gas prices go down, it is still incredibly wise for green hybrid electric cars to take over the street, because these cars offer exceptional benefits. More electric and hybrid car sales and more refueling stations for these green hybrid electric cars will absolutely lead to more profits for these automakers, which in turn would lead to more jobs and less layoffs, benefiting not only the consumers, but the companies and their employers as well.
Green Hybrid Electric Cars will be website dedicate to the hybrid electric cars aka HEVs. With the price of oil and the toil on our environment we should all consider doing our part to reduce or replace our fuel consumption with cleaner alternatives. This website will have resources for the hybrid car owner. As I prepare the website for launch please consider checking out the hybrid electric car dealership.
Given the newness of green hybrid electric cars, you might not think it's easy to find a used one for sale. They are out there, though. Many people who are financially fortunate enough to be able to do so tend to swap out cars every 2 or 3 years so that they're never faced with a car that needs repair, and apparently some still do this with the new hybrid cars. Look around in your local paper and weekly sales papers like penny savers or that type of local swap and sell publication. You can also search online for used green hybrid cars in your area, and you can look at dealerships for used green hybrid cars.
The big benefit of purchasing a used green hybrid electric car is the price. Some new hybrid cars are high-priced enough to make it unlikely the average American consumer will ever own one. If you can find a high-priced used green hybrid vehicle that's used, you'll pay much less to drive an environmentally friendly car.
While some green hybrid cars like the Prius are priced in a more moderate range, a used one will still cost less and so it's easier for most families to own. It's also even more environmentally friendly than purchasing a new green hybrid car. A certain amount of energy goes into the production of a hybrid vehicle, and that requires a certain amount of fuel and, let's face it, pollution. Rather than purchasing a new car with that “carbon debt” that has to be paid off, when you purchase a used green hybrid electric car, you're inheriting a carbon debt that's already partially paid. The same holds true for purchasing any vehicle—it's always greener to go used that new.
You'll need to use the same common sense when searching for used green hybrid car that you use when looking for any kind of used car. Find out about who owned it before, the car's history, and why the owner wants to sell it. Have it checked out by a mechanic—one familiar with hybrid car technology.
The advantage of purchasing a used green hybrid car from a dealership is that there may be a warranty attached that you won't get from a private seller. Just because you purchase from a dealership, though, you're not guaranteed that there won't be problems, or that you're getting an honest deal. But the likelihood of problems is usually reduced. A private seller just wants to sell a car, but a dealership selling used green hybrid electric cars consider, and will do what they can to protect that reputation to ensure future business.
Also, do some research. You might end up deciding to buy a new model if the first generation model had some significant drawbacks, for instance. Or you could decide to wait, if it turns out the manufacturer is about to unveil a new green hybrid electric car that seems far superior to the used one you're considering.
You might not think the current recession will have much effect on the production and sales of green hybrid electric cars, at least not any more than it affects sales of cars in general. Car sales are at a low right now with manufacturers like GM closing plants for a month to save money, forcing employees to take unpaid vacation time and implementing other drastic measures to try to cut costs without having to lay off more employees.
This affects car production overall, but is especially dangerous for the emerging popularity of green hybrid electric cars that are currently in production and scheduled to be released soon like the Chevrolet Volt. When car companies were lining up and begging Congress for a multi-billion dollar bailout to avoid bankruptcy, rumors swirled about Volt production coming to a halt thanks to the poor economy and car makers' troubles.
Considering that part of the condition for a Congress bailout was a plan put in place to show how the car makers planned to revamp their business plans to make themselves profitable again while providing quality products, one might think that the fast release of green hybrid electric cars that are good for the environment and consumers' pocket books might be part of those improvement plans. Since future product plans are such an important condition of the bailout, it seemed unlikely that they would abandon the project.
Now that the bailout has been approved and the government is loaning auto makers billions of dollars to be repaid at approximately 5% interest, it turns out that the green hybrid electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, has not been abandoned after all, but the talk of it being put on hold or halted was just a rumor. The plant where the drive train would have been manufactured is no longer going to be the plant to do so, but that task will fall to a different plant rather than being abandoned altogether. The green hybrid electric cars made by Chevrolet are still scheduled to hit the roads in the United States in late 2010, just as the company had planned before.
The Toyota Prius is an imported car, but there were plans to build a plant in Mississippi for American manufacture of the Prius. The current economy has put those plans on hold because Toyota is struggling with poor sales, like all car manufacturers. And Prius sales have dropped dramatically, probably due to the plunging price of gas. A green hybrid electric car seems less important when gas is under $2 a gallon, as opposed to how important it seemed when the national average price of gas was close to $5 a gallon. The plant will still be built, but plans to manufacture the Prius there have simply been postponed.
Like everything else, consumer interesting in green technology comes in waves that seem to follow the economy more than anything else. Recessions don't last forever, and the price of gas will rise again prompting renewed public interest in green hybrid electric cars.