When people look at buying a new car, they are concerned with the car’s looks, the car’s mileage potential, the car’s power and perhaps its size. Although some people may have two cars and don’t look at all these qualities in their second car, they certainly do in their first and primary car. It is therefore these qualities which people looked at in the Prius Hybrid when Toyota first brought onto the market in 1997. To many it may have passed on looks and even on size. It certainly passed in terms of mileage but its power was of major concern. However, as at that time, the cost of fuel was top in many people’s minds, the Prius became quite popular. This popularity prompted other manufacturers to develop hybrids which in turn, led to some fierce competitive rivalry. That competitiveness resulted in better technology being applied to the manufacturing of hybrids and more power being built into them.
The potential power which hybrids can now have is impressive as, the latest hybrid racing details shows that Nissan and Porsche are attempting to have their hybrids entered into the world of motor racing. If successful, there could not possibly be any stronger verification on the hybrids ability to possess power. This of course will then further increase the hybrids popularity.
With the power provided by a hybrid, no longer being in question, there will only remain two aspects that could stop hybrids from totally dominating car sales and those are cost and safety. Currently any hybrid vehicle has a purchase price that far exceeds any of its more conventional gas fuelled rivals and although the manufacturers try and convince potential buyers that they will get their money back in savings on their fuel costs, they have not yet been fully successful. The matter of the safety of these vehicles is one that has only more recently arisen and it has arisen because of a study which was carried out. The study showed that proportionately, hybrids were responsible for more injuries to pedestrians and cyclists than their more traditional gas driven rivals were. According to the study, more pedestrians and cyclists were injured because they did not hear the quiet hybrids reversing.
Although some manufacturers of hybrids are already starting to respond to the results of the study by adding automatic beepers to their vehicles, beepers that will sound as the cars reverse, not all the manufacturers are responding so quickly. However, if they do get around to responding, that would only leave the question of cost to be solved by the manufacturers.
If the manufacturers can find a way to reduce the price of a new hybrid and/or can introduce more convincing sales talk, there is very little doubt that in the near future, a hybrid car will be the first option that many people look at when it comes to the time when they are looking for a new car, either as their primary vehicle or as their secondary one.