Hybrids: More Than Just Good on Gas
When you combine a traditional gasoline engine with an electric motor, the result is a hybrid vehicle. While this might seem like a recent advancement in automotive technology, the hybrid dates back to the late 19th century. As it was discovered and rediscovered over the years, hybrid technology took a back seat until emissions became a significant concern. Today, hybrids offer many benefits to both the environment and the consumer. Check out these perks when contemplating a hybrid vehicle.
- You'll save at the pump. The most obvious benefit of owning a hybrid car is saving on gasoline. If you spend a lot of time in traffic, at lower speeds, the electric engine will power your vehicle. When you go faster, the gasoline engine takes over. If you have a long commute in bumper to bumper traffic, driving a hybrid can reduce your monthly fuel bill drastically.
- They benefit the environment. Hybrids have lower carbon dioxide emissions, use less gasoline, and release less exhaust into the air. Traditional gasoline-powered engines are responsible for greenhouse gasses which lead to global warming and contribute to air pollution. By driving a hybrid, you can do your part in helping the environment.
- You can Idle without wasting fuel. In a hybrid vehicle, the internal combustion engine shuts down when your car is idling so the battery pack can take over. This conserves fuel and reduces emissions. Hybrids are ideal for city drivers who are constantly in stop and go traffic.
- You are eligible for tax incentives. Hybrids typically cost more than their gas-powered counterparts due to the cost of their research, development and productions. However, the government has created several income tax credit programs to encourage you to purchase them. There are also additional incentives available at the state level.
- You will learn to drive more efficiently. Hybrids typically reward owners for going easy on the gas and planning out their stops. You can relearn to drive in the most efficient way possible so you can conserve your fuel. You can also apply these skills to other non-hybrid vehicles.
- You can still own a high performance vehile. Hybrids are often purchased for economy, not necessarily performance, but high performance hybrids do exist. Luxury vehicles ranging from BMW to Porshe, all build battery-assisted vehicles that deliver exceptional speed. Be prepared to pay more for luxury hybrids.
- You may have access to the HOV lane. High Occupancy Vehicle lanes are typically reserved for vehicles that have more than one occupant. If you drive a hybrid, you will likely have access to the HOV lane even if you are the only person in the car. The reason is linked to reduced emissions.
- Your hybrid will have a high resale value. Used hybrids hold their value better than the same year, gas-only models. There are a few reasons for the discrepancy. First, since there are less of them, they can be harder to find. Another reason is the higher standard of equipment in a hybrid increases its sticker price. Additionally, hybrids have proven reliability which is a strong consideration when purchasing a used vehicle.
A hybrid vehicle is a great option with many benefits. If you are interested in purchasing a hybrid, reach out to AAA Auto Buying for a quote. Browse our online inventory of new and used hybrids or call 1-866-710-6226 for more information. If you don't see what you're looking for, our team of experts will be happy to assist you.