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Hydrogen vs Hybrid

Hydrogen cars do not generate power by burning anything

Instead of burning a bit of fuel, like hybrid cars too, hydrogen cars burn absolutely nothing. What happens instead is a chemical reaction. Hydrogen and oxygen get converted into energy and their byproduct is water. Hybrid cars certainly can’t do that. And no one is trying to make hybrid cars do anything like that.

Hydrogen in hydrogen cars gives three times the power of gasoline

Not only does hydrogen burn hotter than gasoline, but it also burns faster. That means hydrogen cars can probably go zooming down the highway at unbelievable speeds. They can probably come to a dead stop and start right up to keep up with the traffic in about zero seconds per minute. Boy, talk about the future. Hybrid cars just can’t compete with that kind of efficiency. Hybrid-car batteries certainly don’t burn hotter and faster than hydrogen.

Some people think that hydrogen cars are some sort of hyped-up fantasy

Many people think that hybrid cars are much more feasible than hydrogen cars. And hybrid cars already cut down emissions from 30 to 50%. So why in the world would people want to invest time and money in hydrogen cars?

Hydrogen is a not a fuel source, but a fuel carrier

That means that hydrogen has to be produced from other sources. And people are hoping that hydrogen will be able to be produced from things such as wind power or other types of renewable sources. Right now, it looks like all we have is natural gas. That is the most efficient way to get hydrogen. And if that’s the case, then there’s no need to make hydrogen cars. Hybrid cars already cut down on how much gas people use. Who needs hydrogen cars that may end up costing us more in natural gas?

It will be hard create a lot of stations to fuel hydrogen cars

People are saying there is an overwhelming amount of challenges when it comes to creating the multitudes of hydrogen fueling stations that would be needed if millions of people suddenly started owning hydrogen cars. Hybrid cars use gas. And we already have gas stations.

But president Bush has made it clear that he wants hydrogen cars to be on the roads in significant numbers by the year 2020. So it seems that those who oppose hydrogen cars might just have to hold their breath and see if hydrogen cars actually live up to the lofty promises people associate with them. If they don’t live up to their promises, people will probably start running back to hybrid cars in droves. And that’s not too bad. Hybrid cars or hydrogen cars, one of them is going to get us to cleaner air.

 

Why Consider a Hybrid Car?

The hybrid’s fuel efficiency is increased by its small size and the use of lightweight materials. Periodic engine shut-off is another fuel saving feature of the hybrid. When it is stopped in traffic, the hybrid’s engine temporarily shuts off. The engine restarts automatically when the car is put back in gear.

Hybrids are powered by the combination of an efficient gasoline engine backed by an electric motor for acceleration. The electric motor is powered by batteries that are recharged automatically by recapturing the kinetic energy usually lost during braking, known as regenerative braking. When the car is slowing down, the electric motor runs backwards, acting as a generator to charge the battery.

With this collection of advanced fuel efficiency features, hybrids can outperform conventional cars in several arenas.

Environmental Friendliness

Another reason hybrids are more environmentally friendly than conventional gas engines is that they idle less and use fuel more efficiently. The hybrid not only gets better gas mileage, it produces less pollution than other, non-hybrid cars. Some hybrids are getting 10 to 20 miles per gallon more than a regular gas engine. They are also capable of reducing harmful emissions by 90%.

Many hybrids use aerodynamic design to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency. Low rolling tires made of special resistant rubber reduce friction on the road. The high capacity, nickel-metal-hydride battery pack is reliable and available to power the hybrid when needed. Hybrids also use the latest in power-train technology, for integrated power management that contributes to fuel efficiency.

Popularity Enhances Styles And Choices

More makes and models are now being offered as the popularity of hybrid cars continues to escalate. Buyers can now purchase the Honda Civic and Accord, Ford Escape, and Toyota Camry in hybrids. GMC and Chevrolet are currently making 2 hybrid pick-up trucks. In the near future, Saturn, Lexus, Honda, and Chevrolet will make hybrid SUVs available to the public. Chevrolet has plans to offer its Malibu in hybrid form in 2007.

You can get a hybrid that looks like a conventional car, such as the Ford Escape. Or you can choose a hybrid that looks completely different from anything else on the road, such as the Toyota Prius. With so many hybrid cars on the market, there is a style to suit almost everyone.

Tax Incentives Available

People who buy hybrids can get significant tax breaks from the US Federal government through 2006. The amount of your tax break is determined by your tax bracket and when you file. Some states are also starting to offer hybrid car tax breaks as well. Tax breaks backed up over the long run by lower fuel costs make hybrid cars a good buy.

Fuel Efficiency Becomes A Reality

Although most people have been aware of hybrids only in recent years, the technology has actually been around for a long time. Ferdinand Porsche built the first successful hybrid car in 1899. But hybrids first began to catch on in the 1990s when Honda introduced the Insight and Toyota introduced the Prius.

It’s been a long wait, but fuel-efficient transportation is finally becoming a reality with the hybrid. As more of these cars take to the road, our air will become cleaner, and our country will be less dependent on foreign sources of oil.

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Tips to Clean a Car Interior

# All trash and large items should be cleared from inside the car. The area under the seats should be cleaned and it should be checked for large objects before using vacuum cleaner. The ashtray should also be emptied.

# All the floor mats should be pulled out and shaken thoroughly.

# The seat covers should be removed if applicable. They should be washed according to the directions. If one does not have a manual for the seat covers, the store from where the car was purchased can be called and the car dealer can be asked for cleaning directions. Some seat covers can be washed in the washing machine but the directions should always be checked first because different materials require different kind of care.

# The seats, floor mats and floor should be cleaned using a vacuum cleaner.

# Any stains on the floor mats should be cleaned using a carpet cleaner or a scrubbing brush.

# Any stains or spots present on the fabric seat cushions can be cleaned by using a stain remover or carpet cleaner.

# The car windows can be opened to let the air pass in for the seats and carpets to dry.

# The floor mats can be left to dry outside in the sun.

# The inside and outside of the windows can be cleaned by using window cleaner, paper towels or newspapers.

# The doors, dashboard and other vinyl areas should be cleaned with a clean rag or a vinyl protectant.

# Now when everything inside the cars has been cleaned, the floor mats and seat covers can be put back in the car after they dry.