The world is undoubtedly a better place because of green cars. After all, these automobiles help to keep the air clean and the atmosphere in good shape. The thing about these cars that give people reservations is that they do not know exactly how they work. Most of us are used to driving a car with a gasoline powered engine. The fact that green cars are either all or part electric makes some drivers think that they may be biting off more than they can chew if repairs become necessary. Though this technology is relatively new, it has been proven to be reliable. Electric and hybrid cars often get a bad rap because they employ this cutting edge technology. In some cases cutting edge technology causes more damage than good. Fortunately, in electric and hybrid cars it has been shown over the last few years that the technology behind the engines is sound (Toyota Technology). If, for example, the Toyota Camry hybrid was a bad car that needed constant repairs one would think that the manufacturer would stop making them. The exact opposite is true. They have begun to sell more and more Camry’s meaning that the demand is increasing along with the supply.
The stop and start process is different in a green car as opposed to a regular gas car. When you stop by hitting the brakes in a gas powered car the engine does not stop. What happens is that the engine just keeps idling and using gas. This causes the fuel economy to be elevated because you are using gas even when the car is at a red light. Once the light turns green and the gas pedal is stepped on the car begins to use even more gas as it quickly needs to get the car up to a faster speed to keep up with the flow of traffic. In an electric or hybrid car just the opposite happens. When you pull up to a red light and put your foot on the brakes the engine will essentially turn itself off. What this does is help save energy while the car is not moving. Once the gas pedal is touched the engine turns back on and the driver can start moving forward.
Green cars also use what is known as regenerative braking. This process helps to save on the cost of materials because the brakes need replaced less often. In addition, in a hybrid car the regenerative braking process helps to charge the electric part of the engine so it can be used more often than the gas part of the engine. What regenerative braking does is send the electric motor part of the car into reverse. Because of this there is less stress on the brakes themselves and a more natural and gradual slow down. While this whole process is going on the motor in the car is replenishing the electric battery. What this does is allow the battery to have more juice in it. The more juice the battery has the more often it can be used in lieu of the gas powered engine. In the long run this will help to save on the amount of gas that you consume in total.
Lastly, many of these green cars have been making technological advances in the area of safety. Many of the more popular green cars have been rated as very safe while others have even gone a step further. For example, the Toyota Prius has what is known as a pre-collision system. This system uses radar to detect if a collision is imminent. When a collision is detected the car uses the battery power to do things such as tighten the seatbelts and start the brake assist mechanism. This gives the driver a better chance of survival without the possibility of sustaining any serious injuries. These safety features along with the fuel economy of green cars is what has really made them in high demand over the last several years. Details for mechanical specs can be found here: 2011 Toyota Prius | New 11’ Prius Reviews and Specifications at Automobilemag.com
If you take a few minutes to really understand how a green car works you will see that there are more advantages than disadvantages. At the end of the day, driving a green car will mean that you are safe and protected while also ensuring that the environment stays clean and health.