5 Hybrid Car Myths Debunked


hybrid-badgeThere are numerous myths and urban legends circulating on hybrid cars, and they die hard! Here are five of the most tenacious hybrid cars myths, debunked.

Hybrid Cars Are Less Powerful

While the first models of hybrids did lack in power, the newer, modern models have nothing to envy to their gas powered cousins; their performance is only increasing. According to Carsdirect.com, the Lexus GS 450h has more than 300 horsepower and can beat many gas powered vehicles in a 0 to 60 road test. And that says nothing of the myriad of performance-oriented hybrids, like the Porsche 918, on the horizon.

Hybrid Cars Are The Greenest of the Greens

Sadly, this is a myth too. While they undoubtedly reduce your gas consumption, hybrid cars are manufactured at a high ecological cost. The making of their battery, among other of their components, is extremely polluting and necessitate rare earth metals. The exploitation of rare earth is one of the most polluting industries on the planet.

Hybrid Cars Are Too Expensive

Granted, if you compare a hybrid with an equivalent gas powered car, the price will be slightly higher. But saying that hybrid are significantly and systematically more expensive is simply wrong. Truth is, hybrids, just like regular cars, come in a whole range of sizes and prices. Not to mention that, with all the money saved on gas, the investment is quickly made profitable. Here is a list of the 10 best hybrid values on the market.

You Need Practice to Learn How To Drive Them

For some reason, some people are lead to believe that hybrid cars are tricky to drive, that you must trigger some kind of complicated device in order to switch from gas to electricity. In fact, you don’t do anything differently when you drive a hybrid then when you drive a gas powered vehicle. You just buckle up, turn on your engine, press on the accelerator and drive. Your hybrid car itself will decide which power source is best, electric or gas.

Hybrid Cars Must be Plugged In

Hybrids rely on two power sources: Gas and electricity. When you run out of electricity, gas will take over and the battery will recharge itself, just like a conventional car’s battery recharge itself when the engine is running. Plug-in hybrids do require being plugged in to recharge their batteries, but conventional hybrids do not. Pretty self-explanatory, right?

Hopefully this has helped debunk some of the myths surrounding hybrid cars. Pretty soon, with gas prices only going up, we may all drive a hybrid of one kind or another.

Mireille is a travel, music and theater enthusiast. She wrote for the stage and television, and is now working as a freelance blogger for Via Rail a Canadian railroad transporter helping travelers find the best Toronto packages and getaways.

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    As far as I recall, the Lincoln hybrid costs as much as the regular one. Therefore, the savings. But it should be very clear, that the winners are the most expensive ones. So, those cars have such a high margin, that the car maker has no problem to sell them at a low premium over the regular ones, only to push buyers for a deal.

    The mainstream cars do save laughable amounts of money, if any at all.

    • Some people care more about reducing their carbon footprint than they do about reducing their fuel bill. Just sayin’.

  • You are wrong about electric cars not being the greenest. Studies show a gas car uses 23% of it’s lifetime pollution during construction, while an electric car due to rare earths uses 36%. They meet at the 40,000 mile mark, where after 40,000 miles the electric car pulls ahead and becomes the greenest. This study did not even take into consideration recycling of the battery. It did not even take into consideration the cost to produce gas.
    You can even make riding a bicycle look bad. Just think of all the calories burnt that need to be replaced. You will eat more after a 20 mile ride whether you consciously do it or not. Think of all the pollution created by producing the food.
    For me I look at my bottom line. It costs me 0.40 cents to go to work and back in my Volt. It costs $1.10 if I take my Ninja 250 motorcycle. It costs $4.00 if I take my gas car. If I take my bicycle, I will surely consume an extra $2 of food that I otherwise would not have. The Chevy Volt wins for me.

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    • You’re looking at YOUR bottom line and, somehow, discounting the ecological cost of building that Volt. It’s not about Volt vs. Leaf or EV vs. ICE vs. Hybrid … it’s about the material/pollution cost of building ANY new vehicle vs. using one that’s already been built.

      • Well you have to build them for them to already be built. Compare a used gas car to a used electric car= same winner.

        • I don’t think the batteries hold up the same way the old engines do. I could be wrong.

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