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Nicola Naydenov

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Why aren't hybrid cars well integrated in our urban environment?

Hello everyone,I am a student and I have worked on a project based on the integration and potential of hydrogen hybrids from which i got the idea to ask all of you. First of all when i started the project I though I had a satisfying level of information about hybrids like probably the majority of people think, but in the process of working I've discovered the data about this type of vehicles was greater than I thought. After some researches I found dozens and dozens of prototypes of hydrogen hybrids alone. When I made a research about the percentage of people who would like to buy a hybrid I found that over 60% of my schoolmates and random people on the street didn't know what a hybrid car really is. So my question is why are these auto mobiles have not overtaken the market yet and why are we not familiar at least with some of them?

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    Feb 29 2012: 1) Hybrid cars aren't that sexy, in terms of design.
    2) We lack the infrastructure. We only have petrol stations at the moment. But if petrol stations also included charging ports, I'm pretty sure that would jack up the number of people who wouldn't mind driving them.
    3) Humans are pack animals. We follow the hype. The hype has yet to surround hybrids.
    4) Most people are scared of by the relatively more expensive buying price. We tend to think about what hurts in the pocket now, rather than in the future.
    • Mar 2 2012: what would you rather have, a sexy car or a living planet?

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