5 reasons why hybrid is better than electric
Petrol, or gasoline, is a sacred substance used in the art of the internal combustion engine. Without it, transport for the masses across vast distances would never have been possible. Archaeological discoveries in barren deserts may never have been possible and rescue missions would have been failures.
Sadly, this magical substance is not infinite and some manufacturers believe all-electric cars are the way to go. Today, hybrids achieve brilliant fuel economy whilst still maintaining the symphonies and sensation of an engine. Here's five reasons why hybrid cars are a better option that going all electric.
5. Hybrids are more exciting
Whilst nothing can beat the experience behind a naturally aspirated V10 or V12, a hybrid can still be exciting. The supercar holy trinity, the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 are far from mundane. They still have brutal exhaust notes and are track weapons for the rich. More attainable hybrid vehicles in one's lifetime include the Mercedes-AMG E/CLS 53, BMW i8 and the Lexus LC 500h.
An electric car may be swift in a straight line such as the Tesla Model S P100D, or it may be exceptional on the track like the Aston Martin Rapide E. However, without a bellowing exhaust note or a needle-happy tachometer, is it really that great?
4. Goodbye range anxiety
Unless you own an electric car in a city with adequate infrastructure, chances are that your heart will skip a beat when the car beeps "range low, recharge vehicle" at you. In a petrol-powered or hybrid vehicle, such an error can be addressed at your nearest gas station.
Many electric cars can be charged overnight from the wall outlet in your garage, which is really convenient and often cheaper than refuelling from the same city. However, like charging your laptop, all it takes is one forgetful night to ruin and cancel tomorrow's business meeting. There is no point in charging your car in the morning as you'll be late. Fortunately it's your home so there is no queue. Unfortunately, good luck waiting 15-45 minutes at public points for fellow drivers to charge their vehicle first.
3. Fuel consumption is still reasonable
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid achieves 7.3L/100km according Carsales' test, which is about double of what a Ford Mustang GT achieves. Both use V8 engines and both produce exceptional exhaust notes.
The 2.5L I4 Toyota Camry Ascent Hybrid is a more sensible example, where Toyota's official figure is 4.2L/100km. The non-hybrid SX with the same engine achieves an abysmal 8.3L/100km That is even worse than the high-performance Panamera mentioned above.
Sure, electric cars may have great value for money when it comes to economy but the total range is usually minuscule by comparison. Goodbye road trips.
2. Less batteries, less environmental damage
The process of refining oil into our beloved petrol is no clean business. The combustion of sulfur, an impurity commonly found in oil, can form acidic rain, which can corrode limestone structures and vegetation. Oil spills have destroyed the environment on several occasions, however, the resolution methods of 'dispersion', 'burning' and 'skimming' are well established.
Petroleum refineries have existed for over a century, whereas battery refinement processes are far newer. Like any exam, studying and practicing more almost certainly means less mistakes. Toxic chemicals from the Ganzizhou Ronga lithium mine leaked into a Tibetan river, killing locals, almost all fish and destroying sacred grasslands.
Hybrids may require lithium-ion batteries but not thousands, thereby discouraging the number of large-scale lithium mines for all-electric cars. Both processes are filthy, except humans and sacred grounds have not been harmed recently by oil spills. Further, oil sources do not evolve into this during extraction.
1. The current market choice is already vast
If you are affected by the rising fuel prices of today and you require an efficient car, you are in luck. If you want an electric car, generally you have the choice between a compact, economical city car or a Tesla. Meanwhile, hybrids cover a larger market and cater for almost everyone. However, do keep in mind that fuel economy figures are rendered obsolete if you are a hasty driver, as Jeremy Clarkson demonstrated with his Toyota Prius vs BMW M3 test.
Family - Volkswagen Jetta, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata.
Luxury - Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Bentley Bentagya, Volvo XC90.
Sports Cars - Lexus LC500h, Mercedes-AMG E53, BMW i8, Porsche Panamera.
Supercars - Honda NSX, Ferrari SF90 Stradale, McLaren Speedtail, Maserati's upcoming Alfieri.
Conclusion & Verdict
If you are a car enthusiast affected by ascending fuel prices, there is a hybrid out there that can meet your demands. If you can afford the thirst of a throaty 6, 8, 10 or 12 cylinder, then do enjoy it.
Nothing beats the sensation behind petrol-powered automobiles, but when resources became scarce and rise in value, at least we know that there are alternatives out there less mundane than all-electric cars.
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