Hybrid Car Models

Hybrid cars have become more popular since Honda and Toyota introduced these cars in the US market in 2000 and today we have many more hybrid car models to choose from. The gas electric hybrid vehicles are normally priced higher than non hybrid counterparts, anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars to several thousand dollars. Hybrids can get a lot of miles per gallon, some averaging around 45 - 55. This is great for those who want to save money on gas, as hybrids can go many miles on a full tank of fuel and they come with extended warranties as well.

Because of the heavy demand of hybrid cars the sales of conventional cars have fallen to such an extent that automakers have thrown in rebates, lower monthly payments, free maintenance and oil change for two years to attract customers towards conventional cars.

Despite those efforts, the popularity of hybrid cars is not likely to decline. The improved fuel efficiency of hybrid cars appeals to the growing environmentally concerned citizen. To further encourage the growth of hybrid cars, the US Government offers incentives to those willing to buy a hybrid car and many companies even provide free parking. Some auto insurance companies are also offering insurance discounts for hybrid vehicle owners nationwide.

The growing popularity of hybrid cars is rapidly catching with the auto-leasing industry that offers generous tax credits and incentives if you go green. Beginning in 2006, businesses and taxpayers who lease, or purchase, an environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicle will be eligible to claim federal income tax credits worth thousands of dollars. Individual states also offer generous incentives, including hybrid state tax credits, new High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes access and discounted thruway tolls for alternative-fuelled vehicles.

Popular Hybrid Car Models

Ford Escape
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid Sport Utility
Mercury Mariner
2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Sport Utility
Lexus RX 400h
2009 Lexus RX 400h Sport Utility
Honda Accord
2009 Honda Accord Hybrid
Honda Insight
2009 Honda Insight
Toyota Prius
2009 Toyota Prius
Honda Civic Hybrid
2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
Toyota Highlander
2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Sport Utility
Nissan Altima
2009 Nissan Altima
Lexus GS 450h
2007 Lexus GS 450h
Saturn Vue
2007 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid

Latest Innovations in a Hybrid Car

The new hybrid cars are in sync with the latest styles attracting the modern day car buyer and are said to be even better than the conventional gas powered cars with respect to design and power.

While maintaining the core hybrid technology of fuel efficiency without compromising on speed or power, the latest hybrid cars are also very sleek and lightweight because hybrid cars are made of aluminum and plastic. Safety is mainained because these specialized shaped panels in the body of the car provides strength to withstand impact of any kind. Their lightweight structure of hybrid cars gives them extra power and better fuel efficiency.

Tires of hybrid cars are made of stiffer material and filled with higher pressure. This help to provide better grip and reduce friction thereby increasing the overall efficiency of the automobile.

In some models, cameras and map-reading equipment have taken place of mirrors and wheel covers to further save energy.

In some cars, sensors prompt the engine to shut down when the car stops and restart when you shift gear. When the car stops the gasoline engine also stops automatically. As soon as the gas pedal is pressed again the engine comes back to life immediately. During the off condition of the engine, essentials such as lights, radio, etc are kept on with the help of a battery.

The Future of Hybrid Cars