Why have not all cars become hybrids.?


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  • 1 decade ago
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    The economics aren't there yet. The price difference between a hybrid and a conventional car is pretty stout. That difference could buy a lot of fuel, even at today's prices. There are also questions of performance. I won't buy a vehicle that can't run an air conditioner properly. As they make more, the price comes down, and there will be more people considering one, and they will make more to satisfy the demand.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hybrids are not cost effective and definitely not the way of the future. If you do some research about it you'll find out that the savings are not that great at all, not to mention the fact that it takes anywhere between 7-10 years in so called "gas savings" to recover the additional cost of a hybrid vehicle. Hybrids are more complicated vehicles in nature and those rechargeable batteries they employ are very expensive to replace. This has been the industries way of shying away from real solutions and coming up with a new hype that will keep our dependency on oil for many years to come. The real solution to the energy problem is new renewable energy sources like Ethanol, and it can be massively produced from Sugar Canes or corn, but would the oil industry ever allow that to happen? Can anyone explain why the greatest nation on the face of this planet has not managed to become energy independent like some countries in South America have already done? CNN has recently done a program on this topic, look it up, it raises many questions as well as answers.

  • 1 decade ago

    True, I think so too, but Hybrid cars use expensive electric motors and electronic parts which are largely non user-servicable.

    Hybrid cars are very efficient, but their current design is complex and, again, expensive, which is probably why most manufacturers (not taking into consideration a return on investment) have elected to stay with the fairly efficient, now electronically-controlled gasoline internal combustion engine which is much cheaper and easier to make, and which there is still a very strong market for.

    At some point every car will run using some kind of hybrid electric system (or some very environmentally friendly, readily available fuel) I think, but that's still some ways off until science progresses in that department if you ask me.

  • mick
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Cost + customer resistance

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because we're cheap.

  • 1 decade ago

    i kno this world would be so much better.

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