Going green? There’s lots of choice today for hybrid and all-electric vehicles
Griffin wanted to go green, so she bought a 2012-inch Kia Optima Hybrid.
\"This is to help the environment in my own poor way,\" Griffin said . \".
\"Also because I think I might save money in the long run, because gasoline is very good.
\"Environmental issues have also played a role in Mackay\'s choice to buy the Tesla Model S in March.
\"I like anything that\'s environmental conscious, but I\'m not sure if this is the main factor driving me to make a decision,\" McKay said . \".
\"It\'s true for me. . .
More cool technology than anything else.
\"This technology just took us from A to B.
\"The development of sustainable cars provides consumers with more choices when choosing cars.
Conventional internal combustion engines burn either gasoline or diesel.
You can also choose a hybrid that uses fuel at the same time.
Add one or more motors and battery packs to the power engine;
Or an electric car driven by an electric motor that draws current from a rechargeable battery pack.
All vehicles have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Before making a decision, one should consider which vehicle is best suited to their driving needs.
\"There\'s a different way of looking at it,\" said deputy lawyer Ken Cousin.
Road assistance chair of the British Columbia Motor Association.
\"What do you do with this car, why do you want to go with a greener car?
\"Do you want to save money?
Do you want to reduce pollution?
Mubasher Faruki, vice president of BCIT, said hybrid vehicles such as popular Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt or Ford Fusion, for those that travel 50 kilometers or less frequently
The hybrid typically relies on power to run before the battery starts to discharge, and then switches to the internal combustion engine.
The vehicles also charge the battery pack using a regenerative brake.
There are also plug-ins.
The function of charging the car. Many have stop-
Turn off the car\'s go technology at a red light or traffic jam.
\"These vehicles are ideal for short-haul transportation.
Travel driving, lots of parkingand-
Go to traffic . \"
\"If you do a lot of things
Travel driving you will run mainly on battery.
Your internal combustion engine will not come, it will last for a very short time if it comes.
Cousin says the best advertising for hybrid cars is the number of Priuses used by the taxi industry.
\"Millions of taxis will not be wrong,\" he said . \"
Griffin said she used about one can of gas a month while driving around the city in Kia.
She needs two tanks a month in a 2000 Toyota Yarra sedan.
A hybrid can be used for long trips, but the vehicle will operate primarily on its gas engine.
Price is a factor when considering a hybrid.
\"The biggest loss for people who buy a vehicle is the cost,\" Faruki said . \".
\"The price you see ranges from $5,000 to $10,000.
This cost is directly attributed to the battery.
\"By saving gas, higher purchase prices can be recovered.
How long depends on the cost of fuel.
\"This is long term,\" Faruki said . \".
\"According to your driving habits, it will take four to five years to retake this.
Griffin has been tracking her savings.
\"I write it down every time I fill it up,\" 67-year-
The old mother of two children
\"I think it\'s just a few years and I\'ll make it up.
\"Tesla is a\" nursery \"for electric cars \".
Mackay estimates that when fully charged, his car runs 425 kilometers, and it takes about $5 to charge the car at home.
The green car guide produced by the Southern California motor research center Motor Club rated the 2013 Tesla SP85 as the highest level.
Tesla\'s prices range from $75,000 to nearly $86,000, which has deterred many people.
The same green car guide ranks ninth out of 83 cars, the best value for a green car.
2013 Chevrolet Spark 1LT topped the list.
More affordable electric vehicles include Nissan LEAF and Ford Focus.
Although electric vehicles are cheap, they do have \"mileage anxiety \".
Their range is usually around 140 kilometers.
The cold weather, the weight of the hills and cars can reduce the situation.
There are many charging stations in Vancouver that offer free power, but travel outside any city must be carefully planned.
Depending on the type of charger used, it may take three to 12 hours to fully charge a normal electric vehicle.
With foresight, the electric car can work, said the cousin.
\"It\'s really about your driving habits,\" he said . \".
\"If you were the kind of person who drove twice a month to Penticton, I don\'t think you would want an electric car.
\"Many people are concerned about the use of fossil fuels by cars, but today cars use much less gas than they did 10 years ago.
The Southern California motor club reported an average of 19 cars sold in 1975.
9 miles per gallon, 25 miles. 4 in 2014.
That number is expected to rise to 40 miles per gallon by 2025.
\"The technology of gasoline today --
Power car. . .
\"They were able to squeeze more horsepower out of these engines with less fuel consumption,\" Faruki said . \".
\"They are very complex devices.
\"Look at the green car options: hybrids: what are they: conventional gasoline engines are often combined with motors/generators, battery packs, and controllers.
Advantages: improve fuel efficiency.
Some people travel 1,000 kilometers in a can of gasoline.
Reduced maintenance costs.
Cons: The initial purchase price can be higher.
The cost of replacing the battery pack was as high as $12,000, but it has now dropped to between $2,500 and $3,500.
Battery warranty for up to 10 years 240,000 kilometers.
Electric vehicles what they are: driven by a motor that draws current from a rechargeable battery pack.
Advantages: quiet and powerful.
So don\'t release fossil fuels.
Low maintenance costs.
Disadvantages: the range from 120 to 160 is limited.
This can be affected by the cold and hills.
Charging takes 4 to 8 hours with a voltage of 240 V.
Cars are often smaller.