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There are almost 3 million hybrid vehicles on the road as of 2013. The general mindset in buying a hybrid is the belief that it helps the environment, and they want to save on gas, but few realize that the benefits do not outweigh the extra difficulty of building a hybrid. Hybrid car production requires much more energy and creates much more pollution than conventional gasoline cars. Hybrids also require a special type of battery that, the production of harms the environment in serious irreparable ways. While Hybrids have improved gas mileage, it isn’t nearly as beneficial as car companies want the consumer to believe; the production of hybrids can create nearly 2 times the than conventional gasoline car production. On average, nearly 40% of the total lifetime carbon emissions for a hybrid-electric car occurs during production. Compare that to the meer 20% of producing a conventional gasoline vehicle and it begins to become clears why car companies focus their advertising so heavily on the on road performance of their hybrids. While a 20% difference may not seem like a lot, it means the difference of a couple tonnes of carbon emissions. Hybrid cars are called hybrids because they are a cross between an electric car and gasoline car, meaning it has both electric engines and a gasoline engine. This makes the vehicle much more complex because the drive shaft, the part that transfers the engine rotations to the axles, has to switch between the two engines. This makes the car much more complex, therefore harder to produce because the engines have to be integrated during production. Not only does this make the assembly much longer, it also requires much more energy. All these extra parts hybrids have adds a great deal of weight. If ... ... middle of paper ... ... Many environmentalist argue that despite the extra complexity and emissions during production, it makes up for it with improved gas mileage and fewer emissions during operation, but the improved gas mileage and carbon emissions are the least of the worries when it comes to how hybrids affect the environment. The carbon emissions are nothing compared to the long-term environmental damage caused by the production of hybrids. While hybrid technology may not be beneficial yet, it is important to acknowledge that we are heading in the right direction, and if we continue to decarbonize the electricity supply, fight strip mining, and engineer cleaner and more efficient hybrid vehicles, then soon hybrids will be better for the environment than gasoline cars. But until then, hybrids shouldn't be looked at as a model vehicle, but rather an experiment to be improved upon.
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