This is a guest article on the disadvantages to driving a hybrid car.
[ad#Google Adsense]Hybrid cars are environmentally friendly and may be the role model for the future car productions. With increasing awareness of the environment pollution, hybrid cars are becoming more and more popular with consumers. The use of hybrid cars promotes a greener lifestyle. Despite that, hybrid car also have disadvantages. Buyers of hybrid car should take these disadvantages into consideration before making a decision.
Hybrid cars have high maintenance cost because of the complexity of the mechanical components. Hybrid cars use a different engine than the traditional cars so most mechanics are not equipped with the skill to repair them. If your hybrid car breaks down, you must send them back to the original manufacturer. The most expensive maintenance cost for hybrid car is the battery. Some manufacturers of hybrid cars offers extended warranty for the replacement parts. Thus, you should check with the warranty to find out the coverage plan before making a purchase.
Hybrid cars are more expensive compare to normal cars. Typically, hybrid cars cost $4000 – $6000 more for new models. The cheapest Toyota Prius causes over $20,000 in the United States and over £16,000 in the United Kingdom. However, the fuel efficiency in hybrid cars will help you to save on the gas expenses. If you buy the used hybrid car, they will not be as environmentally friendly as the new model. Some of the hybrid car models such as Prius, Honda Civic and Nissan Altima was endowed with the Smartway Elite badget because of their efficiency on greenhouse gas emissions.
The hybrid car depends on the ICE and electronic motor to operate the engine. One of the disadvantages of the battery is that it is unable to work in cold environment. In this case, the hybrid car must run on the gasoline engine if used during the winter months, thus it eliminate the fuel economy.
Some hybrid car implements the metal hydride batteries in their model. The metal hydride battery can explode if the car is crashed during a road accident because of the high voltages. Thus, the battery is exposed to a larger risk when an accident occurs. However, Toyota claimed to have reduced the risk for their hybrid cars. You will also need to replace the battery after you have traveled 150,000 to 200,000 miles which is even worse than a standard car battery. Although the Prius’ battery is said to last for a long time, it will still depend on several factors including use and abuse. The battery is very expensive to replaced.
The production of the hybrid cars involves a much complex assembly process compare to traditional cars. The two part drive train is harder to assemble so more pollutants will be emitted from the factory. According to a study, the production of hybrid car cause more pollution in the environment compare with other standard vehicles. Of course, this disadvantage is still offset by the fuel economy of the hybrid cars.
Hybrid cars have a lower performance than standard vehicles. Hybrid cars have a lower road performance in terms of the acceleration speed. Hybrid cars also have large braking noise. The engine of hybrid car is too quiet which makes parents worry about children running into the street because they are ignorant that a car is approaching.