Hybrids that use gasoline and breaking power to charge the battery clearly get better gas mileage than 100% gas, which reduces emissions including smog producing emissions.
100% electric is not yet at a level where the reduced auto emissions makes up for the emissions used in electric generation.
Hybrid vehicles are not perfect, and I believe they still can do damage to the environment, because they use gas part of the time. But, when they don't, and if the electricity was generated from green sources of power, then, yes, hybrid vehicles are better than gasoline-powered engines. It's a good step in the right direction.
Studies have shown that hybrid vehicles produce less emissions than normal cars. And, whether or not global warming is a real thing, I believe that the fewer toxic items we emit into the air, the longer our children will have to enjoy this earth. I hate to imagine a world where my son has to wear a gas mask outside because of all the harmful gases I put into the air.
Anything we can do to decrease harmful emissions in our environment is beneficial to the earth. Car emissions are one of the biggest, most concerning pollutants in our environment. Widespread use of hybrid cars could drastically decrease these emissions, thereby increasing the well-being and sustainability of our environment for future generations.
I do agree that hybrid vehicles are beneficial for the environment. They do limit how much gas that we use. However, that being said, it takes a lot of money and understanding to get the true benefit from it. For example, if you want to limit how much gas you use when driving, you have to be careful to start very slowly, so it does not go into the gas zone.
Hybrid vehicles cause less pollution with is a good thing for our planet and cities. Cleaner burning fuels and cars are certainly not creating more of the problem. The only complaint I would have would be that they need to make these cars more affordable and maintainable to the average person. I think they would get a lot more buyers of these vehicles then.
Hybrid vehicles, though expensive to make, are beneficial for the environment due to their low carbon emission factor. Less carbon emission means less ozone depletion and less of the harmful greenhouse gas effect. This means, conclusively, less of an impact on the Earth and global warming. In addition, the mass production of hybrid vehicles dissuades companies from extracting fossil fuels.
It is important that within the next twenty years society move away from driving cars running on full tanks of gasoline. A hybrid is certainly a proper step in reducing mankind's carbon footprint. Ideally, the hybrid will be a first step that eventually leads to cars that don't require any gas, but are just as affordable and easy to deal with.
Hybrid vehicles use less oil than traditional vehicles, and therefore do not cause as much pollution as traditional vehicles. This puts less strain on natural resources and the environment.
Hybrid vehicles are a new and efficient way to help clean up the environment. Anything that can be done to clean up the environment is a plus to the earth. We have been destroying the earth very slowly over the last hundred years or so and now is the time to start cleaning it up. We have the means and the technology to do whatever we can to make things better for our future.
Most hybrid cars use electricity, as well as a traditional gas-fueled engine. The electricity powers the car at lower speeds or when coasting, while the traditional gasoline only powers the car at higher speeds and when accelerating. When not using gas, the car puts out no fumes or emissions at all.
Unless nearly all of your electricity comes from "clean" energy, a hybrid car is much worse for the environment than other vehicles. For the U.S. between 45 and 50% of our electricity comes from coal; electricity isn't magic. Just because you can't see the damage to the environment from a hybrid car doesn't mean it isn't there. Hybrid cars only make people feel like they're helping the environment, when all they're really doing is hurting it even more than normal cars.
Hybrid cars have a worse affect on the environment than a large truck made in detroit. think about the size of the battery in hybrid cars, they have to be produced with toxic chemicals and rare earth minerals. The minerals I must mention must be mined out of the earth, copper for instance has a footprint do large it's unimaginable. once the batteries are made, they must be shipped from korea or Japan and then transported to the audomobile factory here in the USA. This takes a lot of energy. 10 years down the line the battery dies, batteries do die by the way, and it has to be replaced by another one, leaving a landfill full of toxic materials.
The production of hybrid batteries causes environmental devastation on a massive scale. The mining of nickel (old hybrids) is an extremely toxic and destructive process. Mining lithium and cobalt for the newer "greener" batteries is just as bad causing irreparable damage to the planet. The justification is simple, eventually an oil spill can be cleaned up, the chemicals dissipate even if it takes 100 years it is less damage than a mine causes and that damage is permanent. The carbon emission argument is irrelevant because there is no evidence to support ozone depletion is caused by carbon based emissions and cars do not produce CFCs anymore thus hybrids do more damage than good.
Toxic batteries anyone?
Over hyped and there are far to many variables to reach a conclusive answer at this point.