Are you thinking about buying a hybrid car instead of a combustion engine car? There are a few things the hybrid salesman won’t focus on. At This vs That we think people are better served when they know facts… that way, they are better prepared to make a decision that’s right for them
So, with that in mind, here are 3+ hybrid car secrets…
THE HYBRID’S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IS INCREDIBLY COMPLICATED
A hybrid’s electrical system has nearly twice as many components as a combustion engine and is among the most complex engineered design systems available to consumers. If you don’t count Joan Rivers. Even ordinary maintenance requires specially trained technicians – at a premium price. And more so: fixing a hybrid after it’s been in an accident is a puzzle more difficult to solve than Rubick’s Cube.
DEAD BATTERY. WTF?
Hybrid makers suggest their car’s batteries will last 100,000 miles. Regardless of that claim’s efficacy, the battery is going to die. And when it does… you better hope you live up hill from your dealer. Because if you don’t, your hybrid will need to be towed. You see, the hybrid car – much like that marital aid you keep in the drawer of your night stand – doesn’t start up without the battery.
Plus, your battery isn’t recyclable. Once the battery has finished its lifecycle, it’s off to the dump. Will its toxic contents ooze out, leach into the ground water, and turn kids into mutant flesh eating zombies? CNN is counting on it.
BELOW, THE TRAILER FOR OUR HYBRID VS COMBUSTION EXPERIMENT
LIKE GRANDMA’S COFFIN, BATTERY DEAD WEIGHT ON HIGHWAY
Above 35 mph a hybrid car runs exclusively on its combustion engine. That’s right. Your high-tech, heavy and costly (low-end model base price: 20K / high end model base price 30K) battery does no work. Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s doing work that’s counter productive to the driver’s goal of going forward, saving money and reducing dependence on fossil fuel.
You see, the battery makes a Prius weigh nearly 3,000 pounds. A similarly equipped combustion car weighs around 1800 pounds. Sorry — we should have mentioned there’d be math in this post. Anyway…
Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion Says:
Force = Mass x Acceleration
So, if there is more mass and you want the same acceleration, it takes more force. And where does that force come from? Gasoline. And you use more of it on the highway. It’s called “roll resistance.” And if your car is heavier and you want to accelerate or climb hills, the combustion engine has to work harder. And again, harder = more gas use.
There’s quite a bit more the hybrid dealer won’t tell you. We reveal many more secrets in our full episode….which you can see by clicking the link below.
Jon Hotchkiss is the creator, EP, Director & Writer of This vs That. He also created the shows: The Truth About Sex (Playboy TV), Invasion of the Christmas Lights (TLC), My Dad is Better Than Your Dad (NBC), and Punkin Chunkin (Science). Jon also ran the series Bullshit with Penn & Teller and was one of the original writers on Politically Incorrect. You can reach him here.
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