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A growing dependence on imported oil along with a heightened concern about the environment has led to my increased interest in electric cars as an alternative to traditional gas-powered automobiles True electric vehicles do not seem to achieve the requirements of the American car-buying public because of their high cost which can be up to 30000 or more for a compact car Motavalli 2 Battery systems for electric vehicles are improving but with their limited range of travel they are still not feasible for most people In addition I believe that the average person making the decision to purchase environmentally friendly vehicles would demand that those vehicles be comfortable attractive convenient and affordable to purchase and maintain Newly available automotive technology known as hybrid electric vehicles HEV appears to fill these requirements Hybrid power systems were conceived as a way to compensate for the shortfall in battery technology Office of Transportation Technologies HEV program Hybrid electric vehicles recharge as you drive get approximately double the miles per gallon of gas than current vehicles Toyota technology and can be refueled at any gas station Each hybrid vehicle will produce thousands fewer pounds of pollutants than the vehicles currently on the road According to Department of Energy estimates a hybrid car driven 12000 miles per year will cut carbon dioxide emissions by 4700 pounds over its predecessor says the National Resources Defense Council article on earth smart carsNational Resources Defense Council cars of today and tomorrow There are currently only two hybrid electric vehicles on the US market Motavalli 3 The Honda Insight was the first hybrid electric vehicle to be available for public purchase in the United States The Honda Insight is a two-seat sporty car that has earned the best EPA mileage rating in history rated at 61 miles per gallon in the city and 68 miles per gallon on the highway Honda 6 Because of its
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