Hybrid advantages & disadvantages

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Hybrid advantages & disadvantages
Hybrids are more environmentally friendly than cars powered only by gasoline. (Shiny car with silver paint. Water drops on the hood. Car lamp. image by Christopher Meder from Fotolia.com)

Hybrid technology originated with train engines and submarines but grew to include motor vehicles as well. Hybrid cars use two forms of energy to power the vehicle.

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Hybrid cars combine gasoline and electric energy, which leads to less gasoline consumption. It functions by using electrical energy during lower speeds and switching to gasoline during higher speeds. This leads to lower gasoline prices, but the ability to attain high speeds is reduced.


Hybrid cars use less gas, which is a money-saving incentive. The U.S. government also offers a tax credit and reduction for hybrid cars. However the ticket price of a hybrid can be £1,105 to £7,280 more than comparable gasoline-powered cars. Batteries need to be replaced more often on a hybrid, but break pads can last up to 85,000 miles.


Hybrid cars are generally a lighter weight than gasoline-powered cars. This could lead to more damage in the event of an accident. Hybrid cars also have higher voltage and can deliver a lethal shock if the battery is not handled correctly. However, according to AA1 Car Auto Diagnosis & Repair Help, there have not yet been any reported cases of anyone being badly injured by hybrid electric shock.

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