Don’t get me wrong I’m all for saving the environment but one must do these with great strides of common sense. I always put logic before the test if it is a great investment for me and mother earth. I researched the first one to hit the market the Toyota Prius it was bright and shiny new in the dealership. I took one out for a test drive it was odd no engine noise. It took me while to adjust as I kept on asking the salesman, are you sure the engine is on? At stoplights I had ambition wanting to start the puppy up again to go on green like my old Chevy Belair had a knack of being a cold natured time to time.
The Glitch Factor:
There were credits to off-set the cost a little but I had to look into it more well, it’s a new technology and I’m thinking of the joys upgrading each time a new version of Windows came out 3.1 to present as there is always a glitch to fix. I was right they had issued reports of the cars suddenly cutting off while in the middle of the highway. I had something to do with the turn over from gas power to electric power operations. The reports were rare and then the whole event with Toyota’s stick breaks. I’m still following more as other automakers are rushing to come out with their version of a hybrid. Ford has an SUV and of course I had to check out the Chevy-Volt daddy raised a Chevrolet girl.
The Owners Sorrow
Now new or used owning a car one must maintain it, repair it and feed the car. The owners joy has a draw back it is so like having a child that needs constant attention. This new technology well not a lot of shops around are going to have the know how to deal with such maintenance. It’s back to the dealership or another one if in another city for work or play. One has to plan these things cause who knows. I have gotten those grinding teeth looks driving my crappy looking old Chevy past breakdowns of seemingly brand new cars. The maintenance on any new car is not cheap a cracked headlight due to gravel on a country road for any regular Toyota will set you back some $200.00 or more.
I had to ask about the battery cells oh if one was to go bad or something well several thousands of dollars it will set you back. I’m sorry, my jawed drop it was a baby with when the time comes you have to send it to Harvard University. Looking at the specs the batteries are not cheap nor light as my old car a tank mind you with steel and steel chrome bumpers was a lightweight. I looked and looked but did not get the concept till I paid attention where both had equal weight despite the eco-car was much smaller than my 1966 Chevy Belair. The hollow leg that gave it so much weight was the battery. Now gassing this green car played another matter. I decided to wait it out at least end of summer cause the ethanol-fuels come out well some did not fair very well it liked higher grade gasoline please. I would have to buy the expensive stuff. This baby had a restrictive diet plan like a child allergic to soy.
The Wreck Factor:
Another issue I had is the safety features, the airbags standard and crash survival rates. That is when things got really interesting looking at the occurrence of getting into a crash with a hybrid. That is a different matter, as the most important feature is coming out alive and getting immediate care fast. Not so fast special training had to be provided to first responders to extract you from a crashed hybrid. Why the cars can cause electrocution to first responders and possible the victim. I’m thinking great smashed like a sardine then get dry roasted like I’m going to be really coming out of that one. A major city more chances for survival as EMT’s and Firefighters are supplemented or provided by municipal budgets. Virginia’s rural areas the fire departments are volunteers so are EMT’s and the budget for training well out of volunteer pockets. Not too many will have the training they would most likely identify the car and call an adjacent county that had a more highly trained response team due to economic factors.
I don’t want to put down the hybrid, I’m just not ready for it and like to see it developed or progressed a little more. Actually, the region I live in progress a little more to make the hybrid more accommodating to own with more trained mechanics and first responders. It is ideal if you live in a major city like LA, New York or Miami. The credits make it more reasonable that’s great but as for saving the planet. Well, got rid of the old Chevy for a car consuming less gas. The old car ran the equivalent as a large SUV or pick-up truck with a big block V-8 engine. I look at hybrids today as in the dial-up days of computer web surfing and expect it to hit DSL in a few more years before I hop aboard. For everyone else determined to go green now than later just check to see if your community can support this new baby-on-board your local roads cause it also makes a big difference in your auto insurance costs as well. The more resources for accommodation factors for maintenance or emergency response lower the premiums. It is my logic as good idea to look for other hidden costs!
They can tell you the gas savings per year but I know the other hidden costs eat you. Oh, about eating the biggest push to go green the ethanol fuels well for all the corn used to fill an entire 25 gallon tank in an SUV it could feed one family of four for a year and it consumes more fossil fuels to produce that tank of food don’t believe me tractors to till the soil, plant and pesticides then harvest. Then don’t forget the trucks to transport to a refinery that also uses fuel to make green fuel. Not all green concepts are as green as you think but it sure has great marketing to make you believe. I’m still waiting on stats if the hybrid really saves on the environmental report card, call me skeptical but it is a waste of time and money to save the planet with false promises. I know there are die-hard hybrid owners who go beyond the norm never driving above 25mph to get more gas savings or coast down hill. This is no true test for their environment savings the focus still too monetary. Look, I do that and other tricks with a gas model and fill the tank $8 or $15 per month till then to go serious green I recommend a bicycle!