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Myths About Hybrid Cars You Could Be Misled By

7 hybrid car myths you should not believe

Not so long ago, the idea of having a car powered by electricity was a fictional concept shared in movies set in the far future.  1997 came with the massive production of of hybrid electric car – Toyota Prius. Although at this time, this concept was still unknown to developing countries. This concept, despite its numerous advantages is still not fully embraced. And for this reason, quite a number of myths have been going round about hybrid cars.







1. Hybrids are underpowered

While hybrid cars first made their debut in saloon body types, other bigger hybrid cars have been launched over time. Among these cars are the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the Lexus RX400h. Both of these vehicles offer a 270 horsepower system. In addition to this incredible horsepower, this vehicle also has the ability to go from 0 to 60 in just 6 seconds – something many fuel vehicles are unable to do.

2. They are expensive

This is a commonly held misconception that results from the initial release of hybrid vehicles. The brand new technology and the smaller appearance of the first appearance led people to tag them as extremely expensive for what they were. While there are a good number of hybrids available on the market, the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight are two of the most affordable hybrid options.

3.Their Batteries need to be replaced frequently

The concern is that if the battery of the hybrid requires frequent replacement then the cost of replacing the battery will soon exceed the money saved in gas fill ups. The fact is however, that keeping the nickel metal hydride battery charged between 40 and 60 percent where it is never fully drained or fully charged extends the life of the battery considerably. According to the standard warranty for most hybrid batteries the lifespan is between 80,000 to 100,000 miles.

4. These Cars Are a Relatively New Idea

Many people believe that hybrid cars are a new phenomenon but this is simply not true. As early as 1900, American car companies were producing cars that ran on steam and electric power just as much as they were producing gasoline powered cars. At this same time many engineers realized that these various power sources could be combined to create a hybrid vehicle.

5.They Cost More to Maintain

The cost to maintain these cars is no more than the cost to maintain a gasoline only vehicle it is just that the nature of these repairs varies. Hybrid vehicles have much less need for repair on the engine and on the brakes of the car; however, they still require other maintenance practices such as tire rotation and oil changes.

6. The driving logistics are different from the fuel cars

The vehicles are designed to be just like gas only cars in terms of the way that they are driven. While some people worry that they will need to make adjustments to the way that they drive when they buy a hybrid vehicle, the general consensus is that there is no difference at all in the way a hybrid vehicle is handled. In fact there is more of a difference between driving a manual versus an automatic gas powered vehicle than there is between driving a hybrid versus a gas powered vehicle.

7. You Need to Plug them in

Many people mistakenly believe that because the word “electricity” is associated with hybrid cars that they require plugging in. Hybrid cars can actually utilize energy that is usually lost when the car stops or slows down; this energy is sent back to the rechargeable battery of the car to recharge it. Additionally, the gas engine in the hybrid car can also transfers energy to the rechargeable batteries.

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