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Hybrid cars are in the news daily as the next big thing in the auto industry. Are they as popular as reported and, if not, why not?

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HYBRID CAR

Japanese auto producers have found an effective way to deal with the pollution created by cars and that is build hybrid cars. Surprisingly,15 of the earth's biggest naval ships are polluting our environment in excess of the 750 million cars that are on the road. That is, a single massive naval ship smogs up as much as 50 million cars. But the government is spending their time trying to find approaches to reduce the pollution coming from cars in the city. Starting in 1990, Toyota set about planning to develop a new type of car. They were going to produce a car that didn't pollute the environment. Toyota developed the Prius that is certainly a innovative car but hasn't caught on world wide due to the price.

While the Prius has been breaking sales records in the United States, it really has been having difficulties in the European and Japanese markets. The main percentage of hybrid car sales in the European union is almost the same as high end luxury cars at less than 1%.

Europe in general have not been very eager to adopt hybrid cars. There are no incentives for folks to purchase hybrids plus they are much more expensive than regular cars. The only "incentive" is the removal of a contamination tax. Then again, the difference between the prices of hybrids and other autos of the same dimensions and performances are significant.

The hybrids are mostly purchased by people with secondary studies, such as legal professionals, engineers, and medical professionals, according to Toyota. These persons are purchasing those cars because of the low consumptions. One example is the Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV where it possesses a powerful 300 horsepower engine but makes use of less gas than your basic 1.4 liter automobile.

Most of the car manufacturers have their own hybrid lines much like the EcoNetic for Ford, BlueMotion for Volkswagen, or the EcoFlex line of Opel. This can also be observed in diesel cars as well. While diesel trucks and cars consume significantly less fuel per liter than gasoline cars, diesel fuel itself costs more per liter than regular gas. Statistics show that the majority of Europeans would rather drive the more highly effective and less costly gasoline car than a hybrid or diesel car. Hybrids are great cars if you're planning on taking long road trips.

The Americans as well as the Japanese just weren't huge enthusiasts of hybrid cars, as the first models appeared on their markets, as the Bluetec from Mercedes, was considered to be toxic and cancer causing. Though the trucks coming from the 80's exist on the road today in Europe and in America and they create more harm than any of the newer cars.

Prius is already at its third generation, having an emission of CO2 of 89 grams per kilometer, that is the exact utilization of a smart Diesel car, although the Japanese model is a medium one. Added to that, the Prius is the only hybrid automobile that has the capacity to go all-electric for about 1 kilometer at speeds as much as 50 kilometers and you can get this car for only 30,000 Euros.