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The truth about EVs and Hybrids

By now we have all seen a Tesla or Prius on the road. These are the most common Hybrid/EVs in the US. With the release of the Model 3 Tesla now owns over 50% of the US market for Electric vehicles. These cars are quite impressive from offering auto-pilot to updating overnight giving you up to date user experiences, these cars seem futuristic in an industry that is not as advanced as many would like. Electric vehicles have limited range and must be charged frequently. Hybrids on the other hand still have gas generators and can go until the next fill-up giving you and unlimited range provided you can find a gas station. There are plug in hybrids that have a chargeable battery as well as a generator. The EV market however currently has a large hill to climb. With low fuel prices there is little incentive for folks to buy EVs. Additionally Americans like fast, big cars and trucks. So that doesn't exactly fit the green narrative. In rural America, an EV simply would not be a viable option. As a matter of fact, Tesla in its self props up the numbers of EVs dramatically. Tesla is not a mainstream, affordable brand yet. Their Model S and Model X are well over $50,000. The Model 3 is more affordable but fairly new to the market. People don't generally buy Tesla's because they are Green, they buy them because they are sexy. This is interesting though. Elon Musk created this brand to change the world. His goal is green energy and transportation. What he has done is made the car luxurious, fast, and advanced so regardless of the price tag, people will buy. The car fits into the American car owner narrative. The point here is this, currently the power that supplies your hybrid/EV is still coming from a power plant. We are essentially shifting the point at which the 'pollution' is created. The energy to produce these cars comes from a factory which is also a huge power consumer. Thus the energy used to create these cars offsets the energy savings these cars produce. The only true advantage to you is fuel cost savings. When politicians talk about green cars they are missing the point. First, the solution is clean energy which would start with nuclear power. Second green factories would advance the narrative of energy savings. Using renewable products and solar power among other things would be the start, however recycling and solar are both still quite expensive, which in turn will add cost to the price of your vehicle. Lastly the end effector would be the car. The battery technology needs to advance to quicker charge times and longer ranges. Both of those factors effect life and longevity of the battery. So when considering all of the factors, these cars are making great progress. We can all agree that we would like to see green energy advancements in our world. But when considering a car, perhaps it is best to do your research and decide which vehicle is right for you. It could end up saving or costing you a significant amount of money in the long run. 

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