We keep hearing about the benefits of hybrid cars, from our friends, in the news, and all over the internet. The one benefit always mentioned is that they are better for the environment, but what are the other benefits?
Unlike normal internal combustion engine vehicles, city driving is better for hybrids. The mileage rating goes up when doing city driving which is opposite of non-hybrids, their mileage rating goes up during highway driving. This makes hybrids perfect for people that live in the city or close to the city and have a daily commute.
Hybrids are very quiet, so quiet its almost spooky. When hybrids start moving the are powered by the electric engine which is almost silent.
One myth out there is that the components of a hybrid will wear out and be costly to replace. Consumer Reports recently tested a 2001 Prius with over 200,000 miles; the results were that it tested as if it were a new 2001 Prius, and the hybrid battery was working fine.
Because a hybrid runs on gas and electricity, the battery doesn’t need to be plugged in to charge. The nice thing about hybrids is that braking actually charges the battery, so there’s no need to charge it as often!
In British Columbia, if you purchase a qualifying new vehicle, you are eligible for up to a $5000 off the pre-tax sticker price. Details are available on the BC Hydro website.
You are using less gas and that is good for the environment. The savings of Carbon Dioxide released in to the air is substantially lower than a gas car. Even when you take into account the pollution created during the creation of the vehicle, hybrids are still a far better choice environmentally.