Through the years, people have owned and driven cars for purposes other than the basic, which is to enhance and improve mobility.
Nowadays, people also drive cars to show off or flaunt their status symbol or just for the sake of casual and fun joy rides.
But those days are numbered. The times have really been getting harder and harder each day. Nowadays, almost all people from all walks of life are troubled and concerned about the rapid hikes in gasoline or oil prices.
Thus, the purpose of driving cars is forcefully narrowed into plain necessity. Otherwise, it would be totally impractical, given the constantly rising increases in gasoline prices, which come almost on a weekly basis.
During the start of the new millennium, giant car manufacturers had heralded great news about the development of modern cars that would significantly cut oil consumption.
The Japanese car makers Toyota and Honda were the pioneers in this particular endeavor, followed by their United States and German counterparts.
The emergence of hybrid vehicles came to dawn in the now sluggish global car industry.
But what exactly are hybrid vehicles? From the literal word ‘hybrid,’ it means a crossover. Applied to the term hybrid vehicles, the word means a crossover or somehow an integration of two types of cars, the gasoline powered cars and the electric powered cars.
To know more about the hybrids, it would be advisable that you be familiarized with the two mentioned car types.
The gas-powered and electric-powered vehicles
The gas-powered cars are the predecessor of all the other types of cars that came after it. The first invented car and all the other cars and modifications that follow it until the end of the 20th century are all gas-powered cars.
Gas powered cars are, you guessed it right, run by gasoline or oil. These cars have made oil exported fro the Middle East and other nations valued like gold, because of its volatile pricing.
Gas-powered cars have developed through the years that the modern models of this type are somehow truly superior over the others. However, their owners and users have always been complaining about their increasing bills for oil consumption.
Environmentalists are also complaining about the air pollution brought about by the combustion process that takes place inside the gas-powered cars’ engines.
The electric-powered cars were the first attempt of car makers to address the increasingly rising and agitating concerns about higher oil prices and depleting ozone layer in the atmosphere due to spontaneous combustion of car engines.
But alas, those efforts were proven futile and non-feasible. Electric powered cars were inferior compared to their gas powered predecessor in the sense that the mileage and speed will not equal the capacity of the gas-powered vehicles.
A powerful combination
So, if the gas-powered vehicles were too expensive and pollution –causing to maintain but really fast and reliable, and if the electric cars are not fast and reliable, but significantly cut costs of oil expenses and reduce pollution, why not combine both?
Integration and the ‘meeting half way’ option for the electric and gas powered cars paved the way for the rise of the hybrid vehicles.
Hybrid vehicles combine the strength of both car types and address the concerns also arising from each car types.
However, experts and car fanatics still express disappointment over the hybrid car’s inability to reduce oil bills as massively and tremendously as anticipated by the public before its introduction to the market.
And the purchase price for hybrid vehicles are still way, way higher. So the car type is still considered a luxury and a privilege for the affluent interested buyers.
Wait until a few years. Maybe then, hybrid cars would be improved further and its prices dragged down. The older generation lasted that long for a car this awesome, so why can’t you?
Hybrid cars, indeed, will be the cars of the future. No wonder about it.