The Truth And Facts Behind Electric And Hybrid Vehicles
People have always used different means of transportation at different times. Till the late 19th century, societies and people were conveniently mobilized by carts, which were mostly run by horses.
Not everyone was able to afford the carts though. Buying and maintaining a cart was an expensive affair. Speed was also an issue, because although horses could run at tremendous accelerations, the carts would not be able to absorb shocks from the ground and would shake the passengers.
Even the cart designs were inappropriate and would cause difficulties for greater distances. Not to mention, the cause of delays because of problems with horses and loose wheels of carts.
The gas-powered cars
The first automobile or the gas-powered cars were introduced to the market in the 1880s. The cars excited and roused interest among people because for the first time, they would run free from the company of the horse.
Running the car personally without horses stunned people so much that after the initial release of the first cars, the popularity of the vehicles kept growing and got spread worldwide. Gas-powered cars were the next in thing, and its dominance in the transportation market has been prevailing for quite some time now.
Modern car manufacturers improved the car designs and increased fuel efficiencies. The newer and trendier car models kept succeeding in the market because they made the preceding models look inferior and not comparative in their functions.
The electric vehicles
Electric powered vehicles were the first attempt to improvise and modify the conventional gas-powered vehicles. The concerns posed over gas powered cars’ gasoline consumption and environmental degradation contribution triggered the conception and design of the electric vehicles.
When they were first released, car aficionados and fanatics were astonished to see a different breed of cars. But the awe and wonder faded rather quickly when it was immediately discovered that electric vehicles have significant limitations.
Electric vehicles for one do not need gasoline for combustion in engines in order to run and mobilize. All it needed was a supply of electricity, which can be provided by built in batteries that are specifically created and installed for the purpose.
Without the hazardous emissions, this car creates quite less pollution compared to the gas powered cars. But the major setback lies in the mileage capacity and battery cost of the electric vehicles.
For instance, in case of the electric vehicle, it would run only about a hundred miles on the average before the batteries drain out and recharging is required compared to about 350 miles in case of gas powered cars when it goes out of gas. For most people, this limitation would set a big, big challenge to the electric vehicle user. For many others, cost of replacement batteries every 20000 miles is an additional expense too.
The hybrid vehicles
And so the cycle turns, just like how car wheels turn for the car to be able to mobilize and travel. The electric vehicles being practical failures and traditional cars being costly and polluting, car makers began to firmly focus on developing a car breed that would bring the best of both worlds together.
The hybrid car was that car. The hybrid vehicles still run on gasoline, but not entirely. There are instances and times when the car will have to be moved or run by electricity. Most hybrid cars strike a fine balance between the use of motor and that of batteries for their operation at different speeds,
That concept of alternate energy use make up for a great reduction to the overall use or consumption of the gasoline. The greenhouse emission, consequently, is also reduced and trimmed down.
But, like the electric cars, hybrid vehicles also have their own setbacks. For its part, hybrid vehicles are not as affordable as the traditional counterparts, probably because the technology is still raw and the materials used to assemble the cars are still costlier. Also, these cars are not tuned to be equally efficient in city traffic and highway travel at the same time.
With that said, you, the car user, has to make a choice now!