In the earlier times, centuries ago, societies and people were conveniently mobilized by carts, which are run by horses.
Only the affluent were privileged to have such transportation means, because owning one will be of great value, because one has to invest in the cart, buy a horse and provide for its maintenance and hire a driver, who will navigate and run the car.
Speed was an issue then, because although horses can run at tremendous accelerations, the carts would not be able to endure too much pressure and shaking from the process of running.
The designs of carts were also limited and somehow immodest. Not to mention, the cause of delays because of problems with horses and loose wheels of carts. Traveling greater distances was also another setback.
The gas-powered cars
But in the 1880s, the automobile or the gas-powered cars were introduced to the market. The cars excited and roused interest among people because for the first time, they would run free from the company of the horse.
Running the car personally without horses greatly stunned people that in years after the initial release of the first cars in the 1880s, the popularity of the vehicle widely spread worldwide, years later.
Gas-powered cars were the next in thing, and its dominance in the transportation market has been prevailing for quite some time now. Through the whole 1900s, gasoline cars were more popularized, more widely used and had wider array of models to choose from.
Modern car manufacturers have been developing newer and trendier car models that always succeed in to make the predecessor and preceding models look inferior and not comparative.
The electric vehicles
The traditional gas powered cars may have vindictively surpassed the once anticipated threat posed by the development of electric-powered vehicles.
Electric powered vehicles were the first attempt to improvise and modify the traditional and conventional gas-powered vehicles. That is because the electric vehicles were designed and created to respond to the concerns posed over gas powered carsí gasoline consumption and environmental degradation contribution.
When they were first released, car aficionados and fanatics were astonished to see a different breed of cars. But the awe and wonder faded rather quickly when it was immediately discovered that electric vehicles have significant limitations.
Electric vehicles for one do not need gasoline for combustion in engines in order to run and mobilize. All it needed was a supply of electricity, which can be provided by built in batteries that are specifically created and installed for the purpose.
In such a way, pollution is also significantly lessened. The setback is, the mileage and speed capacity of the electric vehicle is very inferior compared to the tradition cars.
For the traditional cars, for instance, it would take about 300 to 350 miles before the car runs out of fuel and require another gasoline refill.
For the case of the electric vehicle, it would run only about a hundred miles on the average before the batteries drain out and recharging is required. For most people, the difference would set a big, big challenge to the electric vehicle user.
The hybrid vehicles
And so the cycle turns, just like how car wheels turn for the car to be able to mobilize and travel. Because the electric vehicles were such failures, car makers did not hesitate to firmly focus to develop a car breed that would rise.
The hybrid car was that car. The hybrid vehicle is an integration or combination of the striking features of the traditional and the electric cars.
The hybrid vehicles still run on gasoline, but not entirely. There are instances and times when the car will have to be moved or run by electricity.
That concept of alternate energy use make up for a great reduction to the overall use or consumption of the gasoline. The greenhouse emission, consequently, is also reduced and trimmed down.
But, like the electric cars, hybrid vehicles also have their own setbacks. For its part, hybrid vehicles are not as affordable as the traditional counterparts, probably because the technology is still raw and the materials used to assemble the cars are still costlier.
But buying one will be of great advantage to you, the car user. Decide now.