3 Common Misconceptions About Hybrid Vehicles

Well, what is it first of all? Before writing this blog, I wasn't 100% sure so let's define what a hybrid vehicle is.

Merriam-Webster defines “hybrid” as “something (such as a power plant, vehicle, or electronic circuit) that has two different types of components performing essentially the same function.” In the case of a hybrid car, those components are an internal-combustion engine and at least one electric motor, both of which drive the wheels. Better fuel economy is the primary motivation behind hybridization. The more you can rely on electricity, the less gas you need to burn.

Myth #1: Hybrids are a new, virtually untested technology.

This is not true. Toyota was the first car manufacturer to pioneer and release the first ever mass-accepted petro-electric hybrid model, the Prius, in 1997! Over the last 20 years, the car manufacturer has helped to replace 10 million conventional vehicles with hybrid cars and continues to be at the forefront of the industry, bringing a range of hybrid cars – Camry Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid – to the mainstream consumer. Like renewable energy and sustainable fashion innovations, hybrid vehicle technology has long been embraced as a green solution by sustainability advocates and environmentalists.

Myth #2: Hybrid cars are too expensive.

It depends on how you define ‘too expensive’ as it’s dependent on one’s values, earning capacity, lifestyle choices, existing debts and disposable income. However, when you consider what’s available in the marketplace and particularly in the green car marketplace, a new hybrid vehicle is reasonably priced.

In the United States, the starting price is about $23,000 . Many domestic and European car manufacturers have begun to produce hybrid versions of some of their top-selling models.

Myth #3: Hybrids require special maintenance and need more servicing than traditional vehicles.

This is false. A good mechanic should be able to service a hybrid as they would any other vehicle. Hybrids should have reduced maintenance costs because the engine shuts down when the electric motor takes over at idle or low speeds. Of course, during regular maintenance checks, the battery should be checked. Like any car ‘part’ that needs replacing, your mechanic should notify you of this when the time comes (or just keep records and monitor yourself if you don’t want to rely on a mechanic).

Buying a hybrid vehicle is a great option for people who need an affordable, eco-friendly car but by no means should this choice be taken to mean that it’s the only way to live sustainably. To further reduce your impact on the environment, the choice of driving a hybrid car should be used in combination with other sustainable lifestyle choices.