Why are hybrid cars beneficial? There are many benefits to owning a hybrid car, but there are drawbacks, as well.
The benefits are:
- Lower fuel costs
- Lower emissions
- Tax credit
- Local Perks
- They are here today
- Feelings of doing good/less harm
The first thing most people notice on hybrid cars is the higher fuel economy. When you see numbers like 60 mpg, most are overwhelmed. Of course, that higher fuel economy comes for a premium price. But in the long run, you can save money buying a hybrid. It depends on which hybrid you buy, and it does take years to do so, but you can save.
Fortunately for buyers, there are all sorts of short term benefits. Just by driving a hybrid, you are more likely to emit less pollution. Full hybrids let you drive on electric power (battery power) at low speeds, when gas engines are less efficient. The gas engine will kick in at higher speeds letting you get the best of both worlds. Hybrid cars take the top spots when it comes to green ratings.
Helping you feel better about paying more is the tax credit you may qualify for. Depending on which hybrid car you buy and your own financial situation, you may get several thousand taken off in credits. Some states offer tax benefits, from reductions in sales tax to rebates. (And if your state doesn't offer anything, maybe you should lobby them?)
There are some nice local perks, too. From free parking to HOV access to tax benefits. Again, inquire with your local lawmaker for any benefits you may be eligible for.
But mostly, what's nice about hybrids is they are here today. Unlike the fuel cell or E85 revolution, no new infrastructure is needed. No new pumps are necessary. And, unless you buy a plug-in, you don't have to do anything with a hybrid that you wouldn't have done with your gas only car.