Infographic: Does Buying a Hybrid Car Make Cents?
According to Wikipedia, a total of 434,498 hybrid electric vehicles were sold during 2012. During 2013, hybrid sales totaled 495,685 units; up 14.1% from 2012 and representing a market share of 3.19% of new car sales.
Statistics show that consumers are purchasing more hybrid cars, and are branching out into purchasing plug-in electric models as well. Earth-aware drivers choose these eco-friendly models because they reduce fuel costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce our dependency on petroleum.
Do you know the difference between these types of vehicles?
• Hybrid vehicles combine the use both gasoline engines and electricity.
• Electric motors are very efficient, but may only have a 50-100 mile range before needing a recharge.
• Plug-in hybrids may have an even smaller electric range, but can be powered by a gas engine when the batteries run out of charge.
But the big question is: Do hybrid cars save you money, or cost more than a traditional vehicle in the long run?
We stumbled across an interesting infographic produced by autopawn.com in which they compare a 2012 Honda Civic sedan against its hybrid version.
Which one ends up making the most sense to buy?