Hybrid Myths – Fact or Fiction?

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Hybrid Myths

Considering a hybrid vehicle? Check out this guest blog from our friends at MEMBERS AutoChoice where they debunk a few of the more common myths…

Hybrid vehicles have been around for quite some time – the first patent for a gas/electric vehicle was awarded in 1905. That’s over 100 years to perfect the craft, so why haven’t we seen them completely dominate the auto market? The short answer – change is hard. Buyers are accustomed to the routine of gas vehicles and feel like making the change into a hybrid completely changes everything they’ve been taught about the way cars work and the way they need to be maintained. A little knowledge however, might prove that hybrids are an excellent alternative to gas vehicles. Before we look at common myths that surround hybrids, let’s first discuss how they actually work.

Hybrid vehicles are those that are powered by a combination of a gas engine as well as electric batteries. The batteries are constantly being drained and recharged through two processes. The first is through regenerative braking. Put simply, this is the process of taking all the energy usually lost while a vehicle is stopping, and routing it to the battery. The other is using the power from the gas engine to recharge the battery. Hybrid batteries maintain a state of half-charge (between 40 and 60%) which helps maximize their lifetime.

All this complex technology has led to a clouded view of these vehicles and a variety of misconceptions.

1.      Hybrids die at 100,000 miles.  This is one of the most common myths about hybrids. Hybrid vehicles usually come with warranties on their batteries of 100,000 miles. After that, the battery is out of warranty just like any other vehicle would be. The battery doesn’t just “die,” but often times can maintain its same power level well above 160 or even 200,000 miles.

2.      Hybrids are small. Another belief is that hybrids only come in small packages. The Toyota Prius and Honda Insight were the first two hybrid vehicles produced in America, and quickly became the face of hybrid vehicles. As the technology has progressed, however, almost all vehicles are available in hybrid versions. The Toyota Highlander, Lexus RX400h and GS450h are a few larger vehicles available as hybrids.

 3.      Hybrids are too expensive. Hybrid vehicles are almost always more expensive than their gas counterparts – that is a fact. But over the past 10 years, hybrid sales have increased exponentially, which has helped reduce production costs dramatically. That means that as demand has gone up, prices have gone down, and getting into a hybrid is easier and cheaper than before.

Overall, hybrids offer a great solution to the constant concern of vehicles damaging our environment. They run on less gas, run further and longer than their gas counterparts, and help their driver’s save money to boot. Even with the hundreds of different options available, the hybrid market is constantly growing and challenging their gas counterparts to produce better vehicles. In a time where the gas pump can cause major anxiety, hybrid vehicles are offering their owners peace of mind. For additional information on Hybrids visit our website at MembersAutoChoice.com or call one of our Sales Professionals.

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