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Imagine if everything ran on gas. The computer that you are using would be burning through gallons of Earth’s natural resources each second you waste surfing the net. When you flush the toilet a plume of black smoke would invade your bathroom and would enter your lungs. People around the world including you would have to wear a gas mask every hour of the day. You wouldn’t be able to see barely a foot in front of you, let alone what you are doing. Then imagine if everything didn’t run on gas. We are working towards a gas free world and a greenhouse gas free environment. By making the hybrid car residentially available, car companies are improving the environment one mile at a time.

Hybrid cars are cheaper than regular gas cars because you don’t have to pay as much for gas because it uses mostly electricity for power and less gas. On average you could save over $3,405 on a hybrid Honda Civic rather than a conventional one. Hybrids will end up paying for themselves after about 8.5 years of use if you drive more than 15,000 miles a year. Even though hybrid cars are more expensive then gas cars 47% of people would rather buy a hybrid car with the rising gas prices and the poor economy. People believe that a hybrid will end up costing less than a traditional car because of the use of much less gas. They are also cheaper than all electric cars, but they don’t save as much money on gas. Hybrid cars also have better handling and are better in the snow and going up hills.

Hybrid cars have many more pros than cons. They are mainly compact cars, but they are expanding to be any car on the lot. Now that almost any car can be a hybrid, which is a pro. Most car companies are producing hybrid cars now also, so there is a vast amount of options for the buyer. Hybrid cars will end up paying for themselves, unlike gas cars which make the user spend more many the more they use it. One of the only cons about hybrid cars is that they have a higher starting price than conventional cars. They will end up paying for themselves in the end though, if you drive more than 15,000 miles a year.

Hybrids cars have a range of 100 to 400 miles per charge of the battery, before it switches to gas power. Therefore to save money hybrids are mainly used for short distance trips. Since most people commute to work every day a hybrid is ideal for them. The hybrids will have the perfect range of travel for an everyday commute to work.

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Hybrid cars were first created by Toyota Motor Corp. When the gas prices raised a record breaking amount, they had an idea to make a car that was half electric and half gas power. Since fully electric powered vehicles were not possible to make at the time, they had to do this. The first commercially available hybrid car was called the Prius, and was first made available to the public in 2004. The newest version of the Prius beat out 26 new hybrid models, according to Motor Trend Magazine. Today the Prius is currently the most bought hybrid car.

Hybrid cars impact on environment is much less than that of a traditional car. Because of the use of a battery in hybrid cars, they require less energy to run. They produce virtually no emissions, accept when you switch to gas. If all of the traditional cars were traded in for hybrid cars, the environment would breathe a huge sigh of relief. Just think of all the harmful gases being trapped inside the Earth’s atmosphere because of gas car emissions. In the ideal world electric cars would replace all hybrid and gas cars. Then, there would be absolutely no emissions from cars let out into the atmosphere, and harming the environment.

We chose hybrid cars as our topics because we thought that cars have a very big impact on the environment. We wanted to promote hybrid cars through this assignment so our environment can improve. Making cars have over 50 miles per gallon can make the environment at least 2x better than already is. We thought that the unattractive nature of the first hybrid vehicles would stop people from buying them, so we wanted to promote them in our web page.

Works Cited
1. When to Go Hybrid.
Stern, Linda
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2. Growing choice of hybrid cars available.
Authors:Geiger, Thomas
Source:Filipino Post, 6/30/2011, p15-15, 2/3p, 4 Black and White Photographs

3. A lighter shade of green: hybrid cars.
Authors:Newman, Richard J.
Source:U.S. News & World Report, 4/29/2002, Vol. 132 Issue 14, p60, 3/4p, 1 Color Photograph, 1 Chart