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Hybrid Cars: List Of Real Drawbacks To Owning A Hybrid Vehicle

By Alex Baumm

As oil prices continue to increase amid depleting supplies and
rapid growth in demand, all economies globally are feeling the
setbacks of the need to curtail excessive consumption of fuel.

For quite some time, research and development has been actively
finding ways on how problems regarding very high demand could
finally be eliminated. With the advent of the hybrid car, car
owners and users all over the world are now finding relief that
indeed there is hope.

A hybrid car is a specially designed and manufactured vehicle
that combines the power of the conventional gasoline engine and
electricity. In the past, many have referred to hybrid vehicles
as electric vehicles.

Technically, a hybrid car could not be classified as purely
electric because only about 40% of the energy consumption of the
vehicle is from electric sources, in the form of stored
electricity in batteries.

Though the wide use of hybrid cars provide hope that in the
future, when oil supplies finally and completely runs out, the
transportation industry would not feel the drawback. Yes, for
now, driving a hybrid auto could equate to a lot of savings on
the part of the car owner.

At least, the overall consumption of oil could be significantly
lowered. Research is still ongoing so that in the near future,
further better versions of the modern hybrid auto could be
developed and launched into the market.

However, just like many other predecessor technologies, there
are actual setbacks to owning and using a hybrid car. Many
people hope that in the coming months or years, people could
finally realize a better and more effective hybrid car. Here are
the most practical and obvious of those drawbacks.

1. Because the hybrid car technology is still a relatively new
car technology, it is just logical that the vehicle is
expensive. On the average, a hybrid car these days costs more
than the regular and usual cars by around $2,000 to $5,000. That
is just right and is expected with the high demand for the car
as more consumers get excited about it and manufacturers
continue to produce the vehicle models on a limited ability.

2. Any hybrid car needs to allot a significant amount of space
for battery. Because the hybrid car needs batteries to keep it
going and for the use of some if its functions, the overall
weight of the car gets more and more.

3. There are several states in the United States and some other
global governments globally that are charging more additional
fees and other charges for acquisition and registration.

4. If the hybrid car gets into possible crashes and collisions
in the future, there is a risk that the incident would be more
tragic. A hybrid car typically and normally has high voltage
wires within it.

5. A regular and even simple hybrid car is made of a very
complicated car system. Thus, ordinary mechanics would not have
the needed and required skills and knowledge to attend to any
technical need for maintenance of any hybrid car.

6. Because hybrid cars are still not too rampant and ordinary,
buying spare parts may be very hard, if not impossible. Further,
costs of spare parts can be very expensive.

7. It is a common knowledge that hybrid cars run slower than
regular car models.

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