Hybrid vs. Fossil Fueled Vehicles

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Jennifer Beltran Professor Hawley English 101 28 October 2013 Hybrid vs. Fossil Fueled Vehicles As I drove to work today the gas light came on, I pulled over to the gas station to fill up my gas tank. Normally my boyfriend is the one in charge of filling up the car. When I finally arrived at Quick Shop and saw how much gas cost, I was shocked. Although gas prices have been going down since the government shutdown, I was extremely hesitant in filling the gas tank all the way. Last month the average gas price was $3.54 per gallon, today gas is averaging at $3.04. Prices have been lower these past couple weeks, but prices are still high especially with how bad our economy is right now. A great way to save money and to help our economy is to go green. One way to do that is to drive hybrid vehicles instead of fossil fueled vehicles. Not only will you be saving money on fuel but you will also be helping our planet. “What is a hybrid car?” Hybrids are normal, fuel efficient cars that have two motors, an electric motor and a gasoline powered motor. They also have a special system to capture braking energy to store in an onboard battery. Hybrids are the most gasoline efficient of all cars. They typically get 48 to 60 mpg that incredible gas mileage helps cover some of the car’s higher upfront cost. According to Edmunds.com’s “True Cost to Own” analysis, a 2012 Toyota Prius that costs $22,000 will cost $32,760 over five years. Compare that to the most fuel-efficient gas vehicle in the same class, the Hyundai Elantra. The Elantra costs a mere $14,120 at the most, but in five years, your costs will rise to $32,236, thanks to added gas and maintenance. Plus, hybrids are larger and a little sturdier than fuel-efficient gas cars, and therefore provide more storage space and rank higher on crash-safety tests. Hybrids are improving more and more with each passing year,

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