I love hybrids. They are better for the economy and they make sense. However, they are expensive. I would love to buy a hybrid the next time we buy a car but we can't afford it. As a family of 5, we need a larger car. And the hybrid cars are so much more expensive than the conventional autos. I can't wait for the prices to come down so I can own one! But until the prices come down, people are better off buying conventional autos. In addition, the prices won't come down as fast if everyone is buying them!
A hybrid car bought in this country today provides minimal fuel savings. A hybrid is effective only if driven below 45 miles per hour and using no auxiliary powered systems like air conditioning or radio. Hybrids today are just an overpriced, under-performing way to make people feel like they are doing something good for the environment. The reality is the only good they are doing is providing more money to the car makers.
Hybrids are very expensive & cost a lot to have maintained as the parts are not always at hand. While hybrid prices won't drop until car companies make more of them, & they won't make more of them until more people buy them & make it more feasible, it is hard to put that burden on the consumer. Also, many of the newer, conventional vehicles are much more eco-friendly & efficient & are a more responsible choice than vehicle options in past years.
Conventional cars driven wisely can be both economical and fairly environmentally friendly. This is a good choice for most people, I think, because hybrids are expensive to buy and can be expensive to operate. Hybrids are trendy and may lead people to drive more than they would otherwise, thinking that it doesn't matter ecologically.
Even with gas at nearly $4 per gallon, the additional premium cost of a hybrid car is not worth paying. The difference is large enough that you will not recoup it by operating the hybrid, in comparison to the conventional car. In addition, there is not a sufficient enough infrastructure to service hybrid cars in place, as of yet.
All seems to be better when purchasing a hybrid car. Sure, you will pay more in the beginning but, with the savings in gasoline, you will be better off, right? No. With the higher expense of the car in the first place, and the higher the cost of maintenance on it, you are much better off financially just to buy a conventional car in the first place.
The difference in price between a hybrid car and its conventional counterpart is about $10,000 right now. Unless you are doing a lot of driving, you are not going to save enough money in gas, over the life of the car, to make it practical to pay that much more for the car.
People are better off buying a conventional auto until hybrid auto prices come down, because hybrid auto prices are prohibitively high. A conventional engine Chevrolet sells for less than half the price of a Chevrolet Volt. After a greater initial investment, the yearly cost of insurance is greater for the hybrid because it costs more to repair or replace. Another hidden expense for hybrid autos is the cost of recycling old batteries, or charging the batteries.
The majority of people now are barely making a living wage and can hardly afford to buy any car let alone one with a giant price tag and energy savings that take awhile to realize. It would be far better for most people to buy an economy car that gets good gas mileage and that still leaves them enough money in the bank to pay for gas, insurance, healthcare, etc. Hybrid cars are just too expensive.
The current revolution of hybrid cars has caused a major shake-up in the auto industry. However, many people are still skeptical about embracing the new technology, and they remain worried about costs. They should remember that the cost of ownership is reduced, thanks to less need for gas. While maintenance costs are a concern, they are often offset by tax rebate offers at the state or federal level. Our current crop have shown remarkable dependability, over the long haul, proving they are ready for mainstream use by consumers.
Waiting for hybrid prices to come down before buying one is a catch-22 because the makers cannot reduce the price on these vehicles until they are making more money off of them or until the demand is high enough to justify a price drop. For the time being, makers have to charge a higher price for these cars to justify offering them at all.
Recent studies have revealed an inverse correlation between gasoline prices and the amount of driving that people are doing. Basically they show that, the higher the price, the less driving is done. For someone who must drive, regardless of gasoline prices, buying a hybrid vehicle largely removes that correlation. With oil production getting more expensive per barrel, and with demand growth outstripping supply growth, the sooner one can free oneself from the gasoline habit, the better.
I am not an environmentalist, but I do believe that we can do better in the world at how we run our planet. Since there are cleaner and more efficient forms of energy, let's start using them now, so that the companies that create them have an economic reason to continue improving them, and bringing down their price points.
The whole point in buying a hybrid is that it is better for the environment, and more efficient with fuel. Even if initially you are forced to spend a bit more, in the long run it will pay off by the savings done to your wallet.
If more people bought hybrid cars, the prices would come down. It would be seen as less of a novelty and more of a smart idea to be driving one of these. People have got to stop driving gas guzzling cars for the sake of this planet, and to help wean us off our dependency on foreign oil.