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Economic Effects of Hybrid Vehicles

This is a guest article submission on the economic effects of driving a hybrid vehicle.

Nowadays, hybrid car is very common. Hybrid cars are not only driven by environmentalist like in the past but they have become wide spread on the motor highway. Hybrid car is appealing to consumers because it helps them to save money on fuel at the petrol station. In addition, it helps to reduce the dependence on imported oil from foreign country and the fuel price fluctuations.

Buying hybrid car will significantly reduce the air pollution by 80 – 90 percents. It will produce a higher positive outcome in urban places that often experience traffic congestion such as London.

Many car rental companies now offer chauffeur driven hybrid cars. For example, you can book a hybrid sedan from booklimo.co.uk. Hybrid are especially efficient in urban region due to the frequent stop and go conditions. With hybrid cars, you can significantly reduce harmful pollutants in the air.

Hybrid car consume less gasoline so they offer greater mileage. Hybrid cars do not depend on the gasoline because it is powered by electricity. As a result, consumer can save on fuel and lower the imports of oil in United States. The United States is the world’s largest oil consumer so hybrid cars will help to reduce the import of oil from unstable region such as the Middle East.

Although hybrid cars offer great fuel economy, it is expensive. You will have to use the car for 10 years before you can cover the car’s purchase price. In 2004, the federal government offers tax credit incentive for people who wish to purchase hybrid cars.  However, the government has phased then out in 2006. Tax credits for hybrid cars are available in certain states including Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina and Louisiana. There are also other states that offer tax and fee exemption to encourage people to buy hybrid cars. Hybrid car is more robust than a standard car so less maintenance is required. The battery of hybrid car can last for long time and the brakes will cost much cheaper to repair.

Buyers of hybrid car are qualified for a tax exemption of $2000 from the IRS. Some states offer incentives consumers of hybrid cars so you should check with the state’s offices. Maine offers partial sales exemption of up to $500 for buyers of Toyota Prius. New Mexico offers 3% of tax excemption on hybrid car that has an EPA rating of 27.5 mpg. Oregon offers a tax credit of $15000 for certain hybrid cars. Pennsylvania offers grants to lower the cost of the new hybrid cars with conditions applied. Maryland and Virginia exclude hybrid car buyers from undergoing the mandatory emissions testing.

In some cities, the municipal had joined effort with the state and federal government to encourage people to use hybrid cars. For example, in Los Angeles and San Jose, the court pass a ruling which allows people to park their hybrids for free of charge at any car park. You should always check with the local state government for renewal on the regulations.

Fuel Economy In Ferrari Super Car?

Is it possible for the renown super car maker Ferrari to produce a potent vehicle worthy to wear the Ferrari badge and get decent fuel mileage?  According to Ferrari engineers they will be producing the 458 Italia, complete with a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds and will do so at 17 mpg.

Take this announcement with a grain of salt, especially considering actual specs have yet to be released.  Furthermore, the harder you stomp the right pedal the faster the fuel gauge drops, no matter the technology.  I would think it would be pretty difficult to keep the foot off the go fast pedal in something as sleek and sexy as a Ferrari.

The Ferrari 458 Italia fuel efficient super car can be seen below.  Image courtesy of Ferrari.

17 MPG Super Car

17 MPG Super Car

Increasing Gas Mileage

Increase Gas Mileage

Increase Gas Mileage

If you do a search for how to increase fuel mileage on a search engine you will find millions of results. As gas prices have went up over the years, people have been wanting to improve their cars fuel economy. Many did not know you could do much about increasing your fuel economy or what it takes so they just went out and bought a small car. By driving carefully and steady you can really increase your current vehicles fuel economy without having to upgrade to another car.

As people became desperate sellers decided to try and see how dumb people are. Sellers saw a large market with millions of dollars on the line and so they came up with all kinds of crazy things to “help” your fuel economy. This has been going on for many years now and it amazes me people actually think these things work. I am going to talk on a few of the top fuel economy improving scams so you will know what not to buy into.

Nitrogen in Tires:

Have you ever seen a cars tires with green caps on the air inlets on the tires? That means they had their tires filled with all nitrogen instead of just plain air and that they were scammed. Let me explain how this works. Advertisers say that filling your cars tires with nitrogen will help fuel economy because the tires deflate slower. The thing is air is 80% or so nitrogen by itself. Tests have been done and there may be just the slightest delay of the air leaking out of tires if you fill them with nitrogen. No where near enough to be worth the money they charge. The best thing you can do is to check the air pressure often.

Vortex Fuel savers in your airboxes:

This one has been going around for many years. It was advertised somehow that if you put in this little ring in your air box it would make the air swirl like a tornado and increase fuel economy by making the gas vapors and air mix better. It however does nothing but make fuel mileage drop as anything in the way of the air flow only slows the air down causing worse fuel mileage.

Magnetic fuel line devices

This device is supposed to give you up to 25% better fuel economy just by clipping on these magnets to your fuel line. In reality this does nothing for your car. Honestly what could it do to a liquid to make it burn better? The magnets are supposed to break up the molecules for a more even burn which just screams scam. Don’t fall for it!

Fuel additives

People think and swear that they get better fuel mileage if they ad things like Acetone to their fuel. It is proven otherwise and in most cases it physically impossible for them to work like they claim they will. In some cases they can help for older cars with carburetors on them but not so much for new cars with Electronic Fuel Injection.  Acetone actually cleans carburetors and such out so if you have a increase in fuel economy its because it did its job. After you have added it there will be no need to keep on doing it as it wont help.

Don’t fall for those scams. Always read reviews of stuff before you buy them online. If you have any of these in or on your car be sure and remove them.