If you have followed along with the news laTely, you have no doubt noticed the growing interest towards hybrid cars . What is this all about?
After nearly 100 years on the road the combustion engine is slowly becoming an old-timer. The environmental pollution and its unlimited threshold for fuel cause problems from smog to global warming. Furthermore, conventional engines actually become increasingly inefficient as they grow in size. Most cars use at the most one third of the energy present in the fuel, the reminder is lost in the form of heat and sound.
But only if gasoline starts costing way over 3 dollars per gallon, traditional cars will be considered as too thirsty – apart from the fact that they get the environment dirty. But the cleaner electrical technology, as in electrical vehicles, is not the ideal solution either. And hydrogen or gas cells are not fully developed yet. Here the hybrid car has its window of opportunity – a new automobile technology, which unites the best of two worlds: a gasoline and an electric motor.
The most pollution free motorized vehicle on offer thus far.
The hybrid technology manage to do this by connecting a small petrol engine with a torque-strong electric motor and a battery. And can in this way lower the fuel consumption and have a lower pollution factor.
In fact, some hybrid vehicles produce 50% less emissions than your conventional car. Although this is very good indeed, one has to admit that two power sources under the hood is more complicated, more susceptible to errors and may sound a bit wasteful even.
But if this will allow almost any driver to have 50% of gasoline savings and reduces the emissions by a third, it certainly can not be all wrong. And the best of everything is that these hybrid cars – in the short time have been on the market – have proven to be very road worthy vehicles as well.
ESPecially in the USA, where the environment is quickly becoming more and more polluted, hybrid vehicles play an increasingly important role – not least in California, where "Governorator" Arnold Schwarzenegger has opted for strict environmental protection guidelines.
For this reason no doubt, we can also see something of a Hybrid car craze in Hollywood right now. During the Academy awards of 2005, the most prestigious way to travel was not the long black limousine, but a hybrid car, which supposedly showed the environmental awareness of the celebrities.
On the other hand, one can also assume that the above phenomenon was a way to show ones status, as hybrid cars where rather rare and expensive at the time. Among the celebrities that where seen coming in various hybrid cars were Cameron Diaz, Robin Williams Harrison Ford and (surprise, surprise) Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.