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In this day and age, with climate change wreaking havoc and gasoline still selling for a premium, we must be solutions-focused to survive. The automobile industry has begun to switch to more environmentally-friendly vehicles such as Hybrids and electric cars. However, are they the right fit for you? Even if we are hardcore environmentalists, we have to also recognize the fact that hybrids, for example, have high maintenance costs and are still pretty expensive for the average person.
That being said, in this article, we’ll present to you the pros and cons of hybrids and gasoline powered vehicles, so that, when time comes, you will be able to make the right choice and buy the right vehicle!
Hybrid cars: Strengths and weaknesses
The big advantage of the hybrid car is that it consumes far less gas and produces far less CO2 emissions than the average gasoline-powered car. And if you travel more often than the average individual, hybrids are a good choice given their higher mileage.
But how costly are these hybrids? Well, they are (somewhat) expensive. The initial price of hybrid cars can vary from $2,000 to $10,000 higher than the price of a gasoline-engined car.
And the maintenance costs? Well, a car battery replacement costs anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000. But the hybrid batteries last for (astonishingly) at least 8 years. By comparison, internal combustion engine car batteries only last between two and five years.
Gasoline-powered cars: Strengths and weaknesses
Even though we are nearing a full-blown electric car economy, internal combustion vehicles are still the better economic option if you are short on budget. There are a couple more decades to go before we make the full switch to electric and hybrid cars, so until then, the gas car will remain dominant in the market.
Unfortunately, gas cars also increase the chance for us to not reach this fully electric car future, because of the harmful emissions they produce. Climate change is a real issue and even if we like our gas cars more, we might be forced to make a tough choice in the next decade or two. High costs may wind up relegating buyers to skip electric altogether until hydrogen vehicles emerge.
Although the gas cars will probably outnumber their hybrid and electric cars for at least one more decade or two, we would need to make a drastic change if we want to reverse climate change, because this issue is more important and far more urgent than the car we are or will be driving.
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