Future Cars of America

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A growing dependence on imported oil, along with a heightened concern about the environment, has led to an increased interest in electric cars as an alternative to traditional gas-powered automobiles. This essay will help to explain how the hybrid car works and how these cars are quite possibly more then a "hype" or "fad" as some say

True electric vehicles do not seem to achieve the requirements of the American car-buying public because of their high cost, which can be up to $30,000 or more for a compact car. Battery systems for electric vehicles are improving, but with their small range of travel, they are still not worth it for most people. Also, most purely electric cars are very small and are often not suitable for the average family. However, Hybrid electric vehicles recharge as you drive, and get approximately double the miles per gallon of gas than current vehicles and can be refueled at any gas station, and you will save a hell of a lot of money in the process.

Each hybrid vehicle will produce thousands fewer pounds of pollutants than the other pure gasoline vehicles currently on the road. According to Department of Energy estimates, a hybrid car driven 12,000 miles per year will cut carbon dioxide emissions by 4,700 pounds over a normal car. Environmental experts also believe that this could be the turning point in the cleanliness of our air and future.

Two hybrid electric vehicles on the U.S. market are the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius. The Honda Insight was the first hybrid electric vehicle to be available for public purchase in the United States. The Honda Insight is a two-seat sporty type car that has earned the best EPA mileage rating in history, rated at 61 miles per gallon in the city...