Hybrid Electric Vehicles Are the Future of the Auto Industry

With the rise in the price of gasoline, more and more people are taking interest in electric vehicles as means of transport. Another major advantage of electrically operated vehicles is that these vehicles offer pollution free means of transportation. Therefore even if 70% of people start using an electrically powered vehicle, we will be free of global warming caused by emission of gases like CO and CO2. There will be almost no instances of cancer caused by pollution.

Electric vehicles are more energy efficient than the contemporary vehicles wherein the electric vehicles operates at approximately 47 percent of effectiveness, while a contemporary vehicle operates at about 19 percent only.

But the electric car which can truly replace a traditional car is still in the conceptual stage as the electric vehicle would need continuous electric power from the batteries. The major disadvantages of present day electric cars are the time period required for recharging the batteries and their limited range

Now, it has almost been a century since the electric car has been popularly discussed, but recent developments in the hybrid electric vehicles technology and the growing concerns for the environment has revived the drive for an hybrid electric vehicles and this has become a realization today

Due to this problem of recharging batteries, a new type of design conceptualized in the minds of researchers and they came out with a solution. The researchers have put forward a new electrical vehicle fitted with on board electric power storage system and means of generating power. The generated power would be stored in the storage system and would be used to drive the vehicle. This new type of vehicle is called hybrid electric vehicle or HEV.

The present day storage system in hybrid electric vehicle comprises of stack of lead acid batteries as these can be charged in parallel with the load. The generating system consists of electric generator powered by internal combustion engine.

Researchers are optimistic about the performance of the hybrid vehicles. They are sure that the hybrid electric vehicle or HEV will be far more fuel efficient than the traditional vehicle powered by internal combustion engine.

Electric Vehicle Kits – Build Your Own Electric Car

With rising fuel costs, more and more people and are looking for alternatives. One such alternative that is gaining popularity, especially with the do-it yourself types, are the electric vehicle kits. Anyone familiar with automobiles can now use these kits to convert traditional gas powered vehicles to one powered by electric current.

However, converting a traditional Gas powered vehicle into an electric vehicle can be a very daunting task. Only those who are the very mechanically minded should try this. To convert the vehicle will require extensive modifications to nearly all-mechanical parts of the car. Everything from the engine to the radiator, heater and air-conditioning, to the gauges on the panel. On top of that, the electric cars have to be recharged on a regular basis, which means having to purchase or use the services of recharging station. Solar power could be another potential source of power for the electric vehicle.

Can any car be converted into an electric vehicle?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Not all cars can be converted into an electric vehicle. However, and the most common electric vehicle kit seems to be the Chevy S-10 pick up kit. For examples to follow just do a search online for Chevy S-10 pickup Electric conversions.
Other cars that are good candidates for conversion are the Chevy Geo, especially from 1989 to 1999. These cars are good potential candidates for an electric vehicle kit conversion. Cars similar to the Chevy Geo Metro, such as the Chevy Sprint, Pontiac Firefly and the Suzuki Swift are also ideal for conversions too.

Are there downsides to using an electric vehicle kit?

Going back a few years, many people associated electric powered vehicles with slowness and a lack of power. But as usual, thanks to technology, significant advances in the electric vehicle have changed all that. With these electric vehicle kits some cars can reach top speeds of between 70 and 75 mph. nonetheless, converting to electric power still has its drawbacks.

The biggest drawback it is of course the need for recharging the batteries. As an example, the Chevy Geo Metro kit must be recharged every 20 to 40 miles, depending on driving habits and battery quality. For city driving, this would be ideal. However, for lengthy commutes on the highway, this would not be ideal.

The Chevy S-10 with an electric vehicle kit installed will run a little longer on a single charge. On a single charge, the S-10 should last between 40 and 60 miles. Again this depends upon the driving habits as well as the size and quality of batteries. Some S-10 models can be equipped with solar powered panels which would in reduced in the need for charging, at least when driving during daylight hours.

Converting vehicles with electric vehicle kits is not a cheap affair. Most conversion kits seem to cost between $8000 to $10,000. And this does not even include professional installation as well as the cost of the batteries, not to mention access to or the purchase of a charging station.

Quite frankly, with the cost involved of using an electric vehicle kit, it probably wouldn’t be very practical for the average consumer, especially if they do a lot of highway driving. However, that being said, it probably would be ideal for a back yard mechanic who loves to tinker with cars and has a few bucks to throw around and wants to impress his beer-drinking buddies.

Hybrid Vehicle Tax Credit

A lot of people have asked about the advantages in buying a hybrid car. Almost everyone knows that hybrid cars tend to be more expensive than buying a normal car. So how can you really benefit from acquiring this type of vehicle?

What other advantages can you avail?

Well for one thing, you can save more gas from driving hybrid cars with its better mileage, and can also lower the carbon dioxide deposits which regular vehicles detrimentally emit throughout our atmosphere. So basically, you can essentially reduce your expenses in buying gas, and save the world at the same time. Not too bad for an expensive car. But this is just a part of the deal. There is also a hybrid vehicle tax credit which will also be a great advantage for you.

What is Hybrid Vehicle Tax Credit?

Hybrid vehicle tax credit is removed directly from the sum amount of a federal tax issued upon buying a hybrid car. Unlike tax deduction which subtracts a certain percentage from a specific amount, Hybrid vehicle tax credits are fixed and are available to vehicles acquired or placed in service on or after January 1, 2006. This benefit is only available for the first owner or the original owner of a qualified hybrid vehicle. If the vehicle was chartered by a company, the issuing company can claim the tax credit. Many new Hybrid vehicles are eligible for this incentive.

Here is a list of some qualified hybrid vehicles that are certified by the IRS:

Ford and Mercury Hybrids
2009 Ford Escape 2WD
2009 Ford Escape 4WD
2009 Mercury Mariner 2WD
2009 Mercury Mariner 4WD
Chevy, GMC, and Saturn Hybrids
2008 Chevy Malibu
2008 Chevy Tahoe 2WD and 4WD
2008 GMC Yukon 2WD and 4WD
2008 Saturn Aura
2008 Saturn Vue Green Line
Ford and Mercury Hybrids
2008 Ford Escape 2WD
2008 Ford Escape 4WD
2008 Mercury Mariner 2WD
2008 Mercury Mariner 4WD
Honda Hybrid
2008 Honda Civic CVT purchased between 7/1/08 and 12/31/08
2008 Honda Civic CVT purchased after 12/31/08
Mazda Hybrids
2008 Mazda Tribute 2WD
2008 Mazda Tribute 4WD
Nissan Hybrid
2008 Nissan Altima

There many more brands of hybrid cars to choose from. Tax credit for these types of vehicles can go as low as US$250 to as high as US$3,400.

If you own a hybrid car it is very important for you to check out id your vehicle is qualified for a tax credit. You can do this by checking it in the internet via the IRS.gov website or by personally visiting the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service for more information.

Owning or buying a hybrid vehicle is a good start in helping our planet rejuvenates itself from the affects of over pollution. Carbon dioxide emission from gasoline engines have been the major cause of radical climate changes that we are suffering nowadays. The global warming issue is really affecting how we live and will also be damaging for our future. A little extra money in buying hybrid cars can actually be more advantageous than getting the cheaper gasoline engine car. Don’t forget that whatever you do today can essentially affect the outcome of our tomorrow.