Regency Lexus Vancouver, British Columbia
Myth #1 – HYBRIDS ARE SMALL AND UNDERPOWERED
Not true. Many hybrids deliver more horsepower than conventional gas-only vehicles. In fact, the Lexus GS 450h offers an impressive 339 net horsepower, while the LS 600h L provides an astounding 438 net horsepower. *
Myth #2 – HYBRIDS COST AN ARM AND A LEG
There is an initial added cost outlay, but it's not nearly as significant as you might think. You'll also benefit from available government rebates, reduced service costs and fuel savings. The Lexus GS 450h gets almost 25% better fuel-economy than its conventional cousin, the GS 430.
Myth #3 – HYBRIDS ARE A PASSING FAD
False. More and more people from all walks of life are embracing hybrid technology every year. As of May 2007, over one-million people have purchased hybrids. And hybrid sales continue to increase exponentially every year. We're currently in our fourth generation of hybrid vehicles with no end in sight.
Myth #4 – YOU HAVE TO PLUG THEM IN
You'll never have to plug in your Lexus hybrid, they are self charging. When you coast or step on the brake, the battery regenerates itself. No need for an electrical outlet. Ever.
Myth #5 – OTHER TECHNOLOGIES ARE AS ECO-FRIENDLY AS HYBRID
While gas-electric hybrid is not the only answer, it currently may be the best. For example, Lexus hybrids are up to 70% cleaner than gas burning engines and diesels or almost 3 times cleaner than the cleanest diesels** 'that are currently being touted as 'environmentally friendly'.
Myth #6 – ALL HYBRID TECHNOLOGIES ARE THE SAME
Not all hybrid systems are created equal. Mild hybrids offer electric and gas power, but the gas engine must run at all times when the vehicle is in motion. Lexus Hybrid Drive is a full hybrid system capable of starting, steadily accelerating, and even running at low-speeds in electric-only mode. When you stop at the lights, take your foot off the accelerator, or even when you begin decelerating, the gas engine turns itself off resulting in a "zero-emission" state. ***
Myth #7 – A HYBRID VEHICLE HAS TO LOOK LIKE A HYBRID VEHICLE
Most have the perception that a hybrid has to look a bit odd or futuristic. In fact, our hybrid vehicles look and operate exactly the same as conventional vehicles. The only difference you'll notice (other than a beautiful quiet ride and less stops for fuel) is the letter 'h' for hybrid on the badge.
Myth #8 – HYBRIDS POSE A SAFETY CONCERN
False. Lexus Hybrid Drive is proven technology incorporating numerous safeguards to help ensure the safety of drivers and emergency response professionals in the event of an accident. Including automatic disablement mechanisms to guarantee that the lines have no voltage in them if a collision should occur.
Myth #9 – HYBRID BATTERIES NEED TO BE REPLACED
High output Lexus nickel-metal-Hydride 288v batteries have been engineered to last and are warranted for an exceptional 8 years or 160,000 km from the vehicle's in-service date. Batteries will often last the life of the car.
Myth #10 – HYBRIDS ARE NOT RELIABLE
Hybrid vehicles are as dependable as our gas-only powered vehicles. This is the result of over 40 years of relentless research and improvements by our engineers. In fact, the regenerative braking process aids deceleration reducing wear and tear on the brake components resulting in less frequent maintenance.