Buying a car is a huge decision. For most people, it requires a three to seven years of commitment. However, buying a car is more than just securing a means of transportation. For almost two decades, Hybrids have increased in sale revenue causing the auto industry to produce more of its kind. At the inception of hybrid cars, only one company monopolized the game. Fortunately, other companies have jumped on board and now there are more models and types. The reason for purchasing a hybrid has also evolved. In the early 2000s, it was a way to rebel against the rising gasoline prices. It further became enticing as the government decided to contribute to the hype and offer incentives like tax breaks and access to HOV freeway lanes. Amongst all the hype, there is one important reason to purchase a hybrid vehicle- the environmental benefits. Here are five straightforward, yet significant, reasons to buy a 2019 Nissan Leaf hybrid vehicle.

Reduce the Dependency on Gas

Unlike standard engines, Hybrids depend on both gas and electricity; consequently, depending on less gas consumption. The less gas you depend, the less you have to pump, the more money you save. This is how a hybrid battery power works; the power the car feels when you break goes back into the battery and stores it for the power to be used. The vehicle only uses gas when the battery is low. In other words, unlike an all-electric car, there’s no need to plug them. The electric motor also acts as a generator during deceleration and braking to continually recharge the batteries as you drive. This is because when the car is moving at a low speed, only the electrical motor will be in use. Their unique features give them mileages that are 20 to 30 percent greater than traditional vehicles.

Fewer Emissions

The number one cause of global warming is carbon-based emission. Driving a hybrid car can lower the carbon-emission usage a great deal. Depending on the driver, a hybrid car will emit 25% to 90% less than a traditional gas engine car. Being that hybrid vehicles emit lower carbon-emissions, it produces more moderate levels of gas fumes from the exhausts, and contribute a lot less than internal combustion engine to create smog. The air will have higher levels of breathable oxygen and a lot cleaner because of hybrid vehicles. Imagine how cleaner the air will be if even 50% of the cars on the road were hybrids.

Better Gas Mileage

The most obvious reason to purchase a hybrid is the gas mileage. Hybrid cars contain two engines; the typical gasoline engine and either an electric or hydrogen engine. Hybrid vehicles can drive an average of five miles per gallon farther than their non-hybrid counterparts – an amount that could save the United States nearly two million barrels of oil on a daily basis. The new 2019 Nissan Leaf runs 124 gallons in the city and 99 gallons on the highway.

Decreased Drilling

Depending on foreign oil has become very costly for America. Although there are domestic drilling opportunities, it comes with a dangerous potential of harming wildlife and nature. Because hybrids do not depend only on gasoline, the fuel consumption of the driver is less. If more people drive hybrid cars, then need to expand drilling will hopefully be diminished. We will be able to preserve our environment.

Limited Noise Pollution

I grew up in a city, so noise doesn’t bother me, but in reality, sound can become a distraction and hinder our mental health. Ever enjoy a drive only to be bothered by a very noisy car next to you? Perhaps you have been wakened from a nap from an extremely loud exhaust from a car? When hybrid cars aren’t using its gas engine, the motor is nearly silent. I remember carpooling with my friend, who drives a hybrid, and whenever we were at a stop sign, I thought her car died because it was so silent. Hybrids not only gives you a quiet ride while driving but also helps reduce the noise pollution to allow you – and others on the road- to enjoy the drive.
There’s never been a better time to choose a car that can help the environment while saving money. If you recall, the Nissan Leaf is recorded to have 124 gallons in the city and 99 gallons on the highway. Whichever type of car you decide to purchase, always do your research to help you choose the right vehicle for you. A car loan can be expensive and lengthy, so you want to be sure you will love your car. From hybrid cars to electric models and everything in between, you’re sure to find the smart and eco-friendly car choice for your situation.