It is not certain where the wild stories about hybrid cars start, but like any item that is focused on by gossip, the stories grow and become more intense with each telling. One of my favorites is the conviction of fuel-powered vehicles dying an untimely death due to hybrids. Relax; it won’t happen for many years to come, if at all. Following are five additional myths that can be filed under “A” for absurd, or absolutely not true.
Myth 1: You will always get better fuel economy with a hybrid car
Fact: As with all vehicles, your fuel economy will depend on driving conditions. What you demand from your car’s performance, and what kind of roads and traffic you subject it to, can often provide worse mileage than that of a standard gasoline-powered engine. Most people are not going to drive slowly on the highway, or take off from a stop at a snail’s pace. Those two steps are recommended to achieve better fuel economy. In a fast-paced lifestyle, it’s also a recommended way to have the guy behind you plow into your car.
Myth 2: Hybrid cars are the same thing as electric cars
Fact: Hybrids are not electric cars. They are powered by fuel. They have battery assists, which are powered by a rechargeable nickel-metal hybrid battery. If the vehicle runs out of fuel, the electric battery will not keep it running until you find a gasoline station.
Myth 3: The hybrid’s battery has a short life, lasting only about two years
Fact: The batteries come with an eight-year warranty. They are designed to last a long time. Because of the way they are constructed, they generate themselves while operating, maintaining their durability.
Myth 4: All hybrids are “green”
Fact: Green vehicles have certain emission limits. To be considered green, a vehicle must have CO2 emissions under 150g/km. If the CO2 emissions surpass that, it is not a “green” car. In addition, not all “green cars” are as environmentally friendly as some of the middle class diesel and gasoline powered cars.
Myth 5: Hybrid cars are more complicated to drive
Fact: Rather than being complicated, hybrid cars are similar to conventional cars. Differences you will readily notice are the vehicle’s quietness and its ability to pass more fueling points before needing to stop.
In summary, “study up” purchasing a hybrid. The more you know, the less likely you are to be taken for a ride.
Green Car Myths