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Lesser Known Truths about Hybrid and Electric Car Myths

'12_Mitsubishi_i_MiEV_(MIAS_'12)Currently, the range of powertrains available for buyers in the market is quite wide. There are plug-in hybrids, gas-electric, pure electrics, hybrids, as well as fuel-cell cars such as the Toyota Mirai. Every purchaser has the freedom of choosing a car that suits them and their families. However, statistics have shown that Toyota Prius leads the pack as the model that is most preferred by consumers. There are some misconceptions that usually hold back some consumers from purchasing electric or hybrid vehicles.

The first one is that electric and hybrid cars are more costly in comparison to gasoline-powered vehicles. This isn’t true because there are some electric cars that do not fall within the premium-price range. For instance, Mitsubishi’s Smart For Two and iMiEV have a price range that falls within the mid-twenty thousands. It has also been noted that the cost difference between internal combustion and electric vehicles is going down gradually with that of gas-fueled models rising.

Another myth that has misled many consumers is that the batteries for hybrids and electric cars don’t last for more than three years. This is a false assumption since the electric and hybrid car batteries are made to last an equal time as the vehicles themselves, with some even lasting longer. Another myth to take note of is that hybrids and other green cars are only suitable for cities and for summers. Despite the fact that electric cars tend take a range hit during the winter season when the battery capacity is reduced by low temperatures, they remain a great option for customers or drivers residing in colder regions. It has been reported that electric vehicles utilize their energy better that gasoline-fueled cars.

Most people also hold the misconception that they can’t drive these cars for a distance exceeding 60 miles without having to plug them in. This is a fallacy since improvements that have been made in the battery technology have played a key role in improving electric car performance. An increasing number of electric vehicles can go for even up to 186 miles in poor conditions. Another misconception people should be aware of is that hybrids and electrics cause more pollution. One of the most controversial topics has been regarding the greenness of the plug-in cars. The fact is that all electric cars are more environmental friendly compared to their internal combustion counterparts. From the pollution reduction point of view, plug-in cars are still at the forefront. Finally, while most people assume that green cars are poor performers, this isn’t factual.

 

 

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A First Drive Review of 2017’s Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda_ACCORD_(CU1&CR6)_frontAfter its debut in 2014 to 2015 followed by a year 2016, dealers will get a revamped Accord Hybrid in 2017. The major competitors of this Honda model include Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu and Hyundai Sonata. Despite this strong competition, Honda still manages to remain at the top in terms of horsepower and EPA mpg. It also matches up to its competitors with respect to key specifications in areas such as ride, comfort, interior space, and acceleration. Considering its positioning as quite a range topper, Honda’s Accord hybrid hasn’t managed to outdo Ford’s Fusion Hybrid when it comes to the main market share.

The 2017 version, which has a highway range of 47 mpg, a city range of 49 mpg, and a combined range of 48 mpg is slightly more efficient compared to 2015’s version. The latter version had a rating of 45 mpg highway, 49 mpg city and a combined range of 50 mpg. It is also expected that the new version will have a launch time of as low as 7 seconds for the 0 to 60 mph. According to Honda’s executives, the production of this model in the U.S market will be doubled to about 30,000 in 2017 from approximately 14,000 cars in 2015.

Several changes have been made to the new model to increase its efficiency. For instance, a new design had been given to the front suspension in order to balance the control and bump compliance. To further enhance a sure-footed feeling, the new model has revamped power steering assistance. This makes it easy make corners through meandering hills with minimal roll.

The new Accord hybrid has several similarities with the conventional model in the main specifications. It is large enough to accommodate four passengers including their luggage comfortably. Even five passengers can still fit in the car reasonably. To mark the car’s electric heritage, there are light blue tints at the front part a hybrid label and rear lamps. Only minor alterations have been made to the car’s interior display monitors.

Regarding its feature content and accessories, base Accord is quite similar to the Accord EX trim, a non-hybrid counterpart. All hybrid Accords have a sensing package comprising of radar-based features such as Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Active Control Cruise, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Forward Collision Breaking. Honda’s Accord hybrid tops the chart with its high EPA Mileage accounted for by a powertrain that uses a clutch, double electric motor, and a fixed gear rather than the traditional Continuously Variable Transmission or multi-speed between the wheels and the engine.

 

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