Green vehicles: developing a hybrid

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When we discuss technology, the nature of “being green” comes into play easily. Yet, this consideration is not always as easy or transparent as we might think. Technology covers a wide area and being green takes more than simply being recyclable.

For example, there are some products where the main destructive element is their continual running. This is where the benefits of hybrid technology, pertaining to motor vehicles, can really come into its own. At its core, this is about reducing the petrol usage of a vehicle, which in turn reduces the harmful carbon emissions.

Additional benefits

Of course, from a motoring point of view, this isn’t always a benefit. Fortunately, the technology has its own benefits, which the likes of Lexus hybrid technology have refined into their current range of vehicles, offering additional benefits alongside the simple environmental factor.

Driving is expensive and this is one area hybrid technology can change. It won’t change how much and how far you drive but it will change the amount you depend upon the petrol engine for your journeys. With a modern hybrid, the intuitive design of the vehicle ensures that the electric engine is used wherever possible. Whether it’s simply turning the engine on and starting the car up, or driving at low speeds, the electric engine can be used for a surprising amount of a typical car’s functions. The petrol engine is still there should you need it but typically this is just to add an extra boost of accelerating power at relevant times.

Additionally, there are various benefits afforded by the government and other legislation to help aid you. Whether its tax breaks on a hybrid vehicle, or getting a better insurance deal, hybrid cars are generally cheaper than petrol-based vehicles on all fronts.

Re-used market

As has already been mentioned, a car is not typically sent for recycling straight after use; it’s a product that has life after its first owner. Any vehicle you own will, at some point in the future, be sold so it helps to consider some of the benefits that this might generate.

These are typically environmental. By selling the vehicle on you are adding a new green vehicle to the second hand market, thus adding more hybrid technology to compete with the older petrol vehicles still in circulation.

Furthermore, compared to the financial benefits previously discussed, it’s easy to see how much of an investment hybrid technology can be. Not only are you saving the environment, you’re being heavily rewarded for your troubles. From tax and insurance breaks to simply using less fuel, the amount of money saved makes any hybrid a worthwhile investment. Being able to sell it on afterwards only produces additional profits, as well as ensuring another driver has access to a greener vehicle.

For more information on hybrid vehicles, and where you can buy one, visit www.lexus.co.uk