The Efficiency of Hybrid Cars Essay

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The Efficiency of Hybrid Cars


Transportation is a large concern in today's modern world. Most individuals have opted to
buy vehicles for their personal use. Most of these vehicles consume gasoline and a smaller
proportion is hybrid based. These two types of vehicles have many similarities. The two
such vehicles require an energy source and both types of vehicles provide an important
function to society. That function is to provide people with a reliable form of
transportation. Although these two types of vehicles have many similarities, their
differences are what distinguish them. Hybrid vehicles are more cost effective,
environmentally sound, and safe than the standard gasoline vehicles in the long run.

Cost is a key factor to consumers in determining what vehicle to purchase. On average
hybrid vehicles cost fifteen hundred dollars more than the standard gasoline vehicle.
However, this extra expense is well invested. A hybrid vehicle can reach sixty-one miles
per gallon, whereas a typical gasoline vehicle can only reach twenty-eight miles per
gallon. Currently gas costs two dollars and ten cents per gallon. The average individual
can be expected to drive fifteen miles per year. This amounts to a total gas expense of
eleven hundred dollars. If one were to own a hybrid vehicle this expense would eventually
pay for the extra fifteen hundred dollars that was required to buy a hybrid car. In two
years one would expect to have saved over seven hundred dollars and in three years more
than nineteen hundred dollars. With such an incredible long term saving potential, the
hybrid car is surely an economically sound choice.
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