Gas .vs. Hybrid Persuasive Essay

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Gasoline powered vehicles are better! No, hybrids are better! Have you heard these two points-of-view? This last election, the question of energy was a part of both party’s platforms. They talked about wind and solar versus coal and oil, and gasoline versus hybrid vehicles. So here we are, the election is over, but the battle between a gasoline powered vehicles versus a hybrid continues. You might know someone who owns a hybrid car. My uncle bought one in 2006 and for him it works great, but he usually just travels back and forth to work. However, my uncle’s needs are not the same as my dad who is a contractor. In the end, you need to weigh the pros and cons before deciding on which vehicle is best for you. After much research, …show more content…
However, a hybrid has an advanced computer system and your mechanic practically needs a degree in computer engineering to work on one. As a result, when something goes wrong, the hybrid owner can only take the vehicle to a dealership that specifically sells that particular make and model. There is no way that your local could handle a hybrid’s computer system. These two factors, the initial purchase price and future repair costs, make a hybrid a less attractive purchase than a gasoline powered vehicle. Second, consider what your job or lifestyle require from a vehicle. Do you need to haul stuff for work? Do you have a big family and love to travel cross country with things in tow? For instance, my dad is a contractor and hauls an eighteen-foot trailer. Therefore, towing capacity is important when he is considering a truck purchase. His GMC K1500 can tow upwards of 10,000 pounds. Even the 2013 hybrids cannot compare with roughly a 5,500 pound towing capacity, but remember that towing that weight only happens when the engine makes the shift from electricity to gasoline. What needs to be understood is that a hybrid engine first relies on electricity, but the electrical spark cannot move the pistons as high or as fast as the explosions that happen in the internal combustion engine of a gasoline powered vehicle. As a result, in order to get the extra horsepower needed when towing,

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