We’re all looking for more ways to save on fuel these days as oil supplies diminish and gasoline prices continue to soar. Indications are that the price at the pump will remain at current levels or rise even more in the near and long term. So we seek ways to drive less and get better mileage.
Perhaps the best way to save gas is to get rid of that old heavy heap that guzzles gas and the money right out of your pocketbook. One of the most popular options is driving a hybrid vehicle.
A hybrid combines the benefits of both gas and electric. With these two sources of power they can be configured to obtain different objectives to suit your driving needs. These configurations range from fuel economy to increased power.
The hybrid concept is not new. Liquid fuel and electric hybrids date back to the late 1800’s. Of course, fuel economy wasn’t necessary back then. Even today, drivers have been reluctant to switch until gas topped four dollars a gallon.
This caught the attention of most major car manufacturers with hybrids now available from GM, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Lexus, Ford and Mercury.
Hybrids save in ways other than engine economy. The hybrid recaptures energy normally wasted during braking with a process called regenerative braking. Plus, it shuts down the gas or diesel engine while stopped or when coasting.
A sleek automobile is not only pleasing to the eye, but with aerodynamic styling, it creates less drag, hence less fuel is used. Hybrids also use an improved design of tires, which creates less drag as well.
How much gas can you save by driving a hybrid? Well, that depends on the one you choose. Mileage varies just like a pure gasoline model. It can range from 28 to 45 miles per gallon.
As an example, assuming you drive 15,000 miles a year and gas is a little over $4 a gallon, only 10 extra miles per gallon can save you about a thousand dollars a year. Do the math and that’s over five thousand dollars in only five years. With most hybrids you can expect to do better. You may also qualify for a federal tax savings.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the annual fuel cost of a hybrid vehicle that gets 45 mpg at $1,315. If the car you’re driving now gets only half that you’re spending twice as much.
If you’ve delayed switching to a hybrid because of size, larger models are now being offered. But, as the size goes up gas savings go down. The cost of replacing the batteries if needed is also being reduced. Compare your needs with the benefits and a hybrid may be in your future.
Save Money on Gas with a Hybrid – If You Can Find One!
Hybrid drivers quickly went from quirky to trendy as gas prices hit new highs. Not only do these vehicles save gas, but they’re stylish cars from major manufacturers that you know and trust.
The design of a hybrid car also contributes to fuel economy. The engine is smaller and lighter than that of a conventional engine so hybrids requires less fuel to accelerate, idle or move up inclines.
Some hybrid vehicles also have an electric motor or battery backup to use in traffic when a kick of extra power is necessary. With that backup, the hybrid is as flexible in getting around traffic as a conventional engine.
To reward buyers for choose hybrid vehicles, the US Government awards tax credit. The amount of the credit ranges from $400 to over $3,000 based on government issued calculation tables.
These tables consider the fuel economy and potential energy conservation for each hybrid vehicle based on type and weight. The better the hybrid performs on these fuel saving ratings, the larger the tax credit for the buyer. It’s like getting free money to offset your car cost.
What’s hot in hybrids is the water conversion car. This type of hybrid runs on gas and water. While gas is the primary fuel, the water is used in a vaporization process to increase fuel efficiency.
That means more miles per gallon, which reduces gas consumption, which saves money. You’ll notice the smug expression on the face of hybrid drivers to glide past as you’re pumping more gas into your old car.
If you can’t dump the car you have for a hybrid, you might still be able to get the benefit of hybrid technology. It’s possible to get a water energy conversion kit attached to many vehicles.
If you’re a good weekend mechanic, then you might do it yourself. But you’re safer having it installed by a mechanic who also knows how to interface this conversion kit with the electrical and computer control systems of your car.
Unless it’s accurately installed, you won’t get the full benefit of water conversion and you might compromise another system in your car. Hydrogen conversion kits sell for under a hundred dollars up to thousands.
You’ll need to get estimates from qualified mechanics for the installation price. You can also check with your dealer for available conversions options. Since several major auto brands sell both conventional and hybrid vehicles, you can check with the dealer for possible conversion kits for your conventional vehicle.
At least you’ll know that the mechanics doing the work are familiar with this process. The hydrogen power option not only saves gas, but also does its part to improve the environmental air quality.
Whether you drive a hybrid or a conventional car with hydrogen conversion, your car makes the most of that power combination and emits only harmless water vapor into the air.