Monday, September 26, 2011

Hybrids: the good, the fat, and the ugly

The first thing that comes up to people’s mind when they think of hybrid cars is a Toyota Prius. It is because Prius is considered one of the best hybrid cars in the market. However I find it a bit ugly. It looks like a four door Lamborghini that eats McDonalds everyday. Hybrids work in a very simple way. They all have one or more batteries that are bigger than the ones that we use in our cars. When you apply the brakes, Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) takes the energy and charges the battery. These cars have 70% lower emissions, meaning that they are 70% cleaner than gasoline powered cars. In addition, they emit fewer greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The government has been trying to increase the demand for these vehicles by offering tax incentives. For example, the government is willing to give a rebate for those who buy new hybrids. Also they are willing to pay for a home charging unit and install it as well. For people who convert from regular gasoline powered cars to hybrids the government is willing to give a rebate of 10% of the car’s value. I think that is a pretty good deal. You save 10% on the new car you are buying, and the car has good mpg and is better for the environment. Plus, people from the government are going to come to your house to install that “free” home charging unit. However there are a few disadvantages. These cars are expensive because it is all new technology. They are also very ugly in my opinion. If I were to buy a hybrid, I would get a Tesla, which I am assuming is very expensive.

--Osman Darcan

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