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Myths Spread About Hybrid Vehicles

By Colin Jones

If you are thinking about purchasing a hybrid car, you may be hearing quite a bit of “gossip”. Some people think the hybrid car is the best thing since sliced bread. Some people say it’ll just pass. Yet other people again say they think they can save a lot of money, but you’re not sure it’s really worth it. What’s the truth, and how do you separate fact from fiction with all of the stuff that is being thrown at you? Below, you can read and consider the usual hybrid car myths.

Hybrid cars are just the same as electric cars: This is untrue because hybrid cars are fuel-powered most of the time. But they have what are called ‘battery assists’. The assist is powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack that is rechargeable.

You are guaranteed to save money with a hybrid car: If you are doing town driving, you may save gas and you may not. The same goes for highway driving. There are just many different factors. It has been said that if everyone bought hybrid cars, the gas consumption would drop by only 10%. That’s not a very big difference.

A hybrid cars battery can run out: A hybrid car’s battery should not run flat while you are actually driving it. The engine in a hybrid car does not idle when stopped (at a red light for example). What does it do instead then? It recharges its battery. So there’s no need to worry about a hybrid car stopping on that score.

A hybrid car’s rechargeable battery lasts only for two years: A hybrid car definitely would not be worth purchasing if this was the case. A hybrid vehicle’s rechargeable batteries usually come with an eight-year guaranty.

If I run out of fuel, I can keep driving on the hybrid car battery: Bear in mind, a hybrid car’s battery is an assist. That means that hybrid car’s still run on fuel. After you run out of gas, the battery could keep the car running for a short while. However, the vehicle will stop running very soon.

Hybrid vehicles will soon put conventional car dealers out of business: I’m sure that this won’t happen very soon. The reason for the delay has to do with the how much hybrids cost. Most people simply can’t afford one. Also, people just aren’t sure whether they will actually save money by buying a hybrid car. Therefore, they are loathe to join the rush of people who want to buy a hybrid vehicle.

Hybrid cars will only save you about $88 a year: I did hear something on the news about this one day, but it may not be true. If there’s something you really want though, and there’s a lot of smoke surrounding it, you simply have to start digging and do some of your own research. There are many different models of hybrid car, and many different manufacturers make them. This means that there may be many more variables involved than the ones discussed here. A hybrid car may help you, and it may not, but the final decision is all yours.

Therefore, please don’t worry a great deal about what people tell you. They probably have only listened to others passing on rumours Do your own due diligence and think it out for yourself. Use the Internet to get your information. The manufacturer’s literature is also rather useful, if you stick to reading the facts and gloss over the gloss. Check that what the literature claims is also in the warranty.

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Jones, Colin "Myths Spread About Hybrid Vehicles." Myths Spread About Hybrid Vehicles. 31 Mar. 2009. 27 Jul 2014 <>.

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Jones, C (2009, March 31). Myths Spread About Hybrid Vehicles. Retrieved July 27, 2014, from

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