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Should SUV Lovers Go Hybrid?

The impact of hybrid cars on the environment

Some of us – too few of us – are aware of the necessity of a greener, cleaner environment.
And yeah, it does feel like an uphill battle. Especially given the rise of pro-industry governments who couldn’t care less about the earth and who deliberately pursue policies that continue to harm it. But remember, there’s always a but.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

This article explores whether purchasing a hybrid car – especially if the car you want is an SUV – is worth it (in terms of environmental impact only). Towards the end of this article, you will find a list of the best hybrid SUVs of 2020. Which is, come to think of it, a spoiler alert. But oh well.

As you know, conventional modes of transport hurt the environment, releasing huge amounts of chemicals, pollutants, and other wastes. But where there are bad guys, there are good guys. Which is why some companies have taken a stand by producing more eco-friendly vehicles. They release cleaner (and fewer) emissions, bringing down air pollution. They are also smaller and quieter, cutting noise pollution.

For true change to occur, however, all vehicles should be hybrid. But if people like you make the switch, it will motivate other companies to follow suit.

4 ways hybrid cars help the environment

You should know that there are more than four benefits. But word count limits make it necessary to explain just a handful of them to you. A quick internet search will help you find the other advantages – many of them have nothing to do with the environment. This article doesn’t cover them because it focuses on the environmental aspect only.

Okay, let’s get started.

  1. Better gas mileage: Hybrid cars improve fuel economy and reduce fuel consumption. Which means they get better gas mileage than a conventional car. The key is the electric motor that provides extra power at low speeds instead of the gas engine. Saving gas, saving the environment. Win-win.
  2. Fewer harmful emissions: Hybrid cars use the electric motor more. So it goes without saying that they release fewer emissions.
  3. Self-producing electricity: Many hybrid cars are designed to create their own electricity while coasting and breaking. This self-production of electricity reduces the need to tap into natural resources.
  4. Fewer oil changes: Just 1 litre of oil can contaminate 1 million litres of water, cutting off oxygen supply to plants and animals. Hybrid cars cut your oil changes by half. Conventional cars usually require an oil change every 3,000 miles, while hybrid cars need one every 6,000 miles.

Hybrid cars are great, but they’re not perfect.

That’s because though they produce fewer emissions that regular cars, they don’t produce zero emissions. So there is some negative impact on the environment. However, existing flaws are being worked out and with the help of technology, today’s problems won’t be tomorrow’s problem.

The 10 best hybrid SUVs in 2020

This list is meant to serve as a starting point for your research – that’s why it doesn’t include car features. Remember that it’s important to look at multiple reviews before deciding on the car you want. You may even end up choosing one that isn’t on this list. But everyone’s got to start somewhere.

  1. Honda CR-V Hybrid
  2. Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
  3. Bentley Bentayga Hybrid
  4. Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
  5. Land Rover Range Rover P400e
  6. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  7. Audi Q8
  8. Mercedes-Benz GLE450
  9. Volvo XC60
  10. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

For everyone to change, someone has to change.
Be that someone.

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