Posted by: jdavis | April 24, 2008

HYBRID CARS, environment-friendly?

 

 

 

HYBRID CARS,  environment friendly?

 

Everyone seems to be aware of the current condition of our environment. Global warming seems to be a byword for everybody. Flash floods, heavy rains, mudslides, and drought are some of the effects of this phenomenon. Thus, much campaigns and slogans focus on the apparent and available solution to this problem. Greenhouse effect, if not curbed will lead to annihilation of the human race a la final destination.

 

However, I really love the current turn of events in our car industry. We see a more responsible and more mindful car manufacturers who consider the alternative sources of energy. Recently we have been quite problematic about the current above the neck prices of gasoline and related products that puts too much weight on both commuters and owners of private vehicles. I doubt when this continuous rise of gas prices would end. Nevertheless, current research and development on the use of alternative fuel vehicle is welcome news. Alternative fuels would not only be helpful to the environment since it reduces the green house effect which causes global warming but also the economy since the country will be less dependent on oil importation. Instead, the government may opt to explore the available alternative energy sources here in our country. Listed alternative fuels provided by Wikipedia are the following; air cars, battery-electric, biofuels, biogas, CNG Compressed Natural Gas, flexible fuel, hybrid electric, hydrogen, liquid nitrogen, LPG or Autogas, solar, steam and wood.

A hybrid car that is commonly found in the market is a cross between a gas-driven and electric-driven vehicle. Hybrids work by converting energy normally wasted and storing it as electricity in the battery until needed by the motor. Hybrid cars perform better since it has smaller engine and less number of cylinders. The more cylinders the engine has, the more fuel it consumes even if the car isn’t moving. Therefore, it consumes less fuel than an ordinary car. Not only that, hybrid also gives boosting performance or providing electrical power to auxiliary loads such as power tools.

What caught my attention is the Toyota Prius running at 60 miles per gallon. This is the world’s first commercially produced and marketed hybrid automobile. Hybrid vehicles use electricity for propulsion and since fossil fuel is not used, there are essentially no emissions. The Prius was cited by the Motor Trend as the 2004 car of the year because of its compelling characteristics such as extreme fuel efficiency, ultra-low emissions and stirring performance.

Following are hybrid cars that can be found in the market.

1.       Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid – Midsize car equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission

2.      Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid – Sport utility vehicle with an 8-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission (available in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive)

3.      GMC Yukon 1500 Hybrid – Sport utility vehicle with an 8-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission (available in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive)

4.      Lexus LS 600h L – Midsize car equipped with an 8-cylinder engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission

5.      Mazda Tribute Hybrid – Sport utility vehicle equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT), available in two- and four-wheel drive

More Hybrids Coming Soon

Manufacturer

Model

Type

Estimated Date Available

Cadillac

Escalade Hybrid

SUV

2008

Chevrolet

Silverado Hybrid (AHS II)

Fullsize Pickup

2008

Chrysler

Aspen Tw-mode Hybrid

SUV

2008

Dodge

Durango Two-Mode Hybrid

SUV

2008

Ford

Fusion Hybrid

Midsize Car

2008

GMC

Sierra Hybrid (AHS II)

Fullsize Pickup

2008

Mercury

Milan Hybrid

Midsize Car

2008

Ford

Edge Hybrid

SUV

2008-10

Ford

Five Hundred Hybrid

Large Car

2008-10

Lincoln

MKX Hybrid

SUV

2008-10

Mercury

Montego Hybrid

Large Car

2008-10

BMW

X6

SUV

2009

Porche

Cayenne Hybrid

SUV

2010

With a lot of hybrid cars to choose from, I hope you will have the best one. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            

 

 

 

 

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