Since the invention of the car we’ve seen major changes to its appearance, mainly to make them look a certain way or serve a specific purpose. We’ve seen them get better, faster, bigger – or smaller – to fit a certain lifestyle. Sports, luxury, family vans and pick-up trucks are some of the most common categories out there, but in the past years we’ve seen a shift in the market (one we are particularly very happy about) with the introduction of hybrid and electric cars. One would think that hybrid cars have just entered the game but the reality is they’ve been around for a little over 100 years. In 1899 Porsche introduced the system called Lohner-Porsche Mixte, that used a gasoline engine to supply power to an electric motor that basically drove the car’s front wheels. But as Ford started the first automobile assembly line in 1904, the demand for hybrid cars started to drop since Ford’s ability to produce gasoline-powered cars at low prices. Hybrids soon became a thing of the past, and stayed in the rearview mirror for almost 50 years.
Luckily for us, they made a pretty big comeback, with all the big brands releasing hybrid cars and later on, a fully electric car. The biggest name for electric cars right now (as you may know) is Tesla; they use a lithium ion battery in order to power up their “super cars”. Other big names on the market are: Hyundai with the electric version of the Kona, Audi with the E-tron, the Nissan Leaf, Renault’s Zoe, BMW with the I8 and the Jaguar I-pace.
Among the benefits of having an electric car are: Lower operating and maintenance costs, elimination of harmful tailpipe pollutants such as particulates (soot), volatile organic compounds, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, ozone, lead, and various oxides of nitrogen. The amount of carbon dioxide emitted depends on the emission intensity of the power sources used to charge the vehicle, so it can’t be generalized since it varies for each model and country. Plug-in hybrids capture most of these benefits when they are operating in all-electric mode of course.
Having these options in the market, really make a difference for the environment and car enthusiasts, and it reinforces the fact that when there’s a “wheel”, there’s a way and that living a sustainable life doesn’t have to be the end of owning a car for transportation purposes or just for fun!
Have you heard of all the brands mentioned above? If not, what are you waiting for? There’s no TIME to waste when you’re going 155 mph.