Hybrid cars show promise as a solution to the problem of fuel scarcity and environmental destruction. Although this kind of car is quite similar with petrol-powered cars, they differ by having two or more power sources. Petrol is generally one of the power sources used while others (although not commercially available as yet) are solar energy, LPG, pressurized air, fuel cells, electric batteries, hydrogen, liquefied nitrogen, wind energy, biofuels and even manpower (and we may never see that last one in the showroom!).
Car companies have been working through different combinations of power sources to come up with the most efficient, cost-effective and environment friendly hybrid car. The technicalities of how to come up with such a vehicle can be mind boggling but we are certain of the environmental benefits we can get from this pursuing this technology.
In comparison to petrol-powered cars, hybrid cars help preserve the environment in several ways:
- Burning gasoline emits plenty of harmful chemicals, pollutants and byproducts that destroy the Earth’s atmosphere and adversely affect our health. By comparison, hybrid cars produce less and cleaner emissions and thus minimal environmental pollution.
- Aside from reducing air pollution, hybrid cars run silently. Even when operating on electric power mode, there is significantly less noise pollution and hence less impact.
- Fuel efficiency is another advantage in using hybrid cars. The mileage of hybrid cars exceeds that of petrol-powered cars by up to 30-40%. Other features include reusing energy used for braking, and improved economy through the use of better tyres and advanced aerodynamics.