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Hybrid Electric Vehicles - An Alternative Fuel Vehicle Story
Posted On 11/29/2008 06:48:03 by martin

Hybrid electric vehicles are a top contender to be the alternative fuel vehicle, replacing the gasoline powered vehicles of today. They are efficient, reliable and becoming most cost effective every day. No wonder they're quickly becoming popular. Besides the "green" factor, the designs of these types of vehicles are also pleasing to the eye - unlike the early clunky looking models.

Popularly known as the hybrid, this alternative fuel vehicle runs on battery electric power and good old fashioned gasoline. It gets much higher mileage per gallon than traditional vehicles and dispels less carbon dioxide to boot. Not only that, this alternative fuel vehicle is being adopted by and large in the marketplace. Most major automotive manufacturers produce at least one hybrid and you can buy them at any new car dealership. Many manufacturers of vehicles are adding hybrids to their line up of available models.

Another benefit to this kind of alternative fuel vehicle is that it will last longer because there's less wear and tear. Alternative energy research has given us a vehicle with a combustion engine that stops running when you enter a traffic jam or slow down considerably and the battery electric engine takes over. This means you won't wear your combustion engine out by taking off or slowing to idle. Instead, you can rely on the dependable and less complex battery engine that gives you better acceleration and torque to begin with. You also get the benefit of recapturing waste energy via the regenerative braking system, which helps minimize pollution.

Hybrids, like any other alternative fuel vehicle, are more expensive than conventional vehicles. They are also appraised at having a higher depreciation rate and not being economical to average consumers. However, alternative energy news reports show that the depreciation rate is actually slightly better than conventional vehicles right now as more and more consumers are making the switch to hybrids and increasing the demand for this type of vehicle.

A final positive is that the hybrids can also run on other forms of alternative fuel. Vehicle manufacturers can add a flexible fuel engine, or you can just use bio-diesel, ethanol or biogas. This gives hybrids a flexibility that most others in the alternative fuel vehicle category don't have.

In the end, it would seem that hybrids are the best choice when choosing an alternative fuel vehicle. They offer many benefits and few costs. Yes, they are more expensive but at the same time, you can offset that over a period with savings on gas, not to mention the reduction of greenhouse emissions. It's no wonder hybrids are at the head of the pack for alternative fuel technology.

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