Hybrids are the link between conventionally fuelled cars and electric vehicles. They combine gas and electric power to create a system that is environmentally-friendly, efficient, and free of EV range issues. But we’re sure that after all this time, you know what hybrids are. So, let’s focus on the advantages and disadvantages of these cars. And do the pros outweigh the cons? Let’s find out.
Efficiency: You may or may not care about being eco-friendly, but you definitely care about your money. The increased fuel economy hybrids offer means you take fewer trips to the gas station and spend less on fuel too.
Environment: Hybrid vehicles consume significantly less fuel. As a result, they emit lower emissions and reduce their impact on the environment.
Performance: In some cars like the Acura NSX, the gas engine and electric motor work together to boost the car’s power, torque, wheel control, traction, and braking. Thus, hybrids can enhance performance.
Unique: Manufacturers want the world to know when their hybrids are on the road. So they usually add special exterior lights, extra badges, special colors, edgy designs, and alternative materials to ensure that these cars stand out.
Range: Because hybrids have a gas engine, they can easily be fueled at any gas station. There’s no worry about the battery running out.
Price: The research and development required to create hybrids, and their technology makes these cars more expensive.
Performance: Hybrids generally prioritize fuel economy over fun and driving engagement. This means that a lot of car enthusiasts will not be interested in hybrids.
Customization: Hybrids are built to specific parameters and are aimed at a specific type of people. This translates into limited customization and limited trims and features. This, too, turns off buyers. However, more options and varieties are arriving in the market.
Mining: The large batteries used in hybrids are made with rare-earth metals that are mined. They also need extensive treatment, all of which create a lot of pollution.
Life: At the moment, batteries that die can’t be efficiently or cost-effectively recycled. This means they add to the world’s pollution.
Looks: There aren’t many cool, affordable, mass-market hybrids available as of now. Very few hybrids can be called beautiful.