Hybrid cars are fast becoming more and more popular due to the rising fuel costs and the prices of hybrid cars are becoming more and more affordable. The performances of hybrid cars are also comparable to diesel/petrol cars so there is no reason not to get it.
Major car manufacturers have made claims that the hybrids are the vehicles of the future. This is due to the demand that people are now making as a way of negotiating the overpriced gas prices that have risen steadily over the past few years. The hybrid vehicle is certainly the solution that many people have been searching.
The reason why hybrid cars save fuel is because the car is not permanently running on petrol. There are times when the car is powered by the electricity from the batteries. This is the reason why the consumption of gasoline is dramatically lowered thus reducing the petrol bills of the owner.
The Toyota Prius hybrid car is my top pick because it offers the best performance for the price you get. It cost around $19,000 which is the cheapest out of the three. It has more horsepower at 110 hp and can do 60 city mpg and 51 highway mpg. It is a family sized car which can hold 5 people quite comfortably with some space left in the trunk. It also get a 4.5 score for it's crash test rating. For price and performance, you can't beat the Toyota Prius.
Lets take a closer look at the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive vehicles.
Toyota's HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE is the new type of power train that combines the strong attributes of two kinds of power sources: the electric motors and the gas/petrol engine. HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE delivers world class performances in terms of the fuel efficiency, low emissions, drive ability and quietness desired of cars today.
The HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE power unit integrates the strong elements of an electric motors and a gas/petrol engine. It is not merely a package that has an electric motor and a gas/petrol engine on board. Toyota applied cutting edge technologies based on our latest research to integrate the dual power sources in the most ideal way.
There are other models called "hybrid vehicles" in existence, but Toyota is fully confident that our HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE is the most advanced hybrid powertrain in the world. In fact, HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE is one of the very few systems in the world in 2005 that fully complies with the UN's definition of a "hybrid vehicle".
At least two different energy converters and two different energy storage systems
In 2003, the UN defined a "hybrid vehicle" as follows: "A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle with at least two different energy converters and two different energy storage systems (on-board the vehicle) for the purpose of vehicle propulsion."
HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE carries a gas/petrol engine and electric motors as energy converters and a gas/petrol tank and battery as storage systems, thus satisfying the UN definition.
There are several ways in which electric motors and a gas/petrol engine can be combined. HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE uses what is called a "Series Parallel Hybrid System". This is an ideal combination of the "Series Hybrid System" that Toyota has been developing and the "Parallel Hybrid System", which has a different approach. HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE takes the best of what each system has to offer and integrated them into a single system, the best of both.
By adopting the "Series Parallel Hybrid System" and incorporating cutting edge technologies, Toyota has improved and developed the powertrain, electricity generation and control systems. As a result, we are offering many benefits never before possible with a conventional powertrain.
HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE makes intelligent selective use of its electric motors and gas/petrol engine to deliver fuel efficiency comparable to cars of one class smaller in engine displacement/body size, and at the same time the power comparable to cars one class larger. HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE delivers the highest level of fuel efficiency for cars of the same-size engine displacement.
Although HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE delivers outstanding fuel efficiency, it also offers driving performance, the original appeal of cars. In particular, "the seamless acceleration", "powerful take off and overtaking acceleration" and "undiminishing G-force" are new driving sensations which can only be experienced with a hybrid car.
HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE pursued outstanding fuel efficiency with the goal to reduce CO2 emissions, and also realized a significant reduction in emissions of other substances in its exhaust gas.
For example, Prius not only complies with the world's most stringent regulation, "AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) Regulation" of the State of California of the USA, but it also complies with "EURO-IV" regulation implemented in EU from 2005.* Highlander Hybrid has also been certified "SULEV" compatible, meeting the most stringent of California's automobile exhaust emissions regulations "LEV II".
All the models equipped with HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE, including the two models mentioned above, have cleared the stringent exhaust gas regulations enforced in various countries of the world.
Quiet running is one of the benefits of electric motors powered HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE -- for instance, early in the morning or late at night through a residential area. You can even move quietly in and out of a parking garage, where sound is often amplified.
One example is our Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) that was released on a limited distribution basis in Japan and the U.S.A. in 2002. It employs a FUEL CELL, in which electricity is produced by allowing hydrogen and oxygen to react chemically. We delivered a very clean car that only exhausts water.
Hybrid technology is a universal technology. It aims to achieve optimal total energy efficiency by optimal management of the combination of two or more of viable powertrains available at the time.
It holds endless potential that extends to the following generations, far into the future. Our goal is to take hybrid technology to the next phase of its evolutionary progress and to disseminate it throughout the world.
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