Electric Vehicles

The Exemption of Hybrid Cars From Vehicle Emissions Repairs and Testing

An exception to the emission repairs and testing requirement are hybrid cars. Cars from 1981 to 2005 are required to take an emissions test in order to determine if they are qualified to be driven. Air pollution and smog has become a real problem that this law concerning cars emitting harmful gases into the air are being tested and monitored. Hybrid cars, however, are safe from the emissions testing.

A hybrid car, or a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), is a vehicle that has two or more power sources to move. One of the power sources is the internal combustion engine. Combine that with one or more electric motors, then you can have a hybrid car. Among the power sources that can be used for the hybrid vehicle are rechargeable energy storage system (RESS), petrol or diesel fuel, hydrogen, wind, electricity, solar, and more.

The hybrid car is known to be an environment-friendly vehicle. It is economic when it comes to fuel consumption and it has lower emissions compared to the majority of the cars we have today. Having low emissions is the reason why hybrid cars are exempted from the emissions repair and testing program. Its emissions are close to or lower than the recommended level of emission set by the Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA. The three most popular hybrid cars — the Honda Civic, Honda Insight, and the Toyota Prius — emits even less air pollution. The reduction can go as high as ninety percent and can cut emissions of carbon dioxide by fifty percent.

Being an environment-friendly car is perhaps the most attractive feature of the hybrid, but there are more to it that makes it an exceptional vehicle. For one, you can save some power because of having to rely on both the engine and the electric motors. The engine would also be sized smaller in a hybrid car because of the alternative power, and the smaller engine contributes less internal losses and lower weight.

Hybrid cars also have significant battery storage capacity, and it can also recapture amounts of energy when braking. This makes the hybrid a good choice in areas where stop-and-go traffic is the usual everyday drive. Hybrid cars also have improved dynamics and low rolling resistance tires that contribute to improving fuel economy while giving the driver good handling with the car. There are other features in hybrid cars that help improve fuel economy and employs recapturing of energy that would otherwise be wasted in a normal vehicle.

Hybrid cars aren’t as many as the other kinds of vehicles used today. One good reason for this is that hybrids are very expensive, which is obviously understandable considering the alternative motor engine, and the sophisticated dynamics and features. Canyon County and Kuna is also not filled with hybrid car owners, which is evident by the amount of cars going in for inspections and testing. Whatever car the people of Idaho owns, Nampa emission repairs and emissions testing still goes on. The program has just started on June 2010 in the two areas, and vehicle emissions control is still ongoing.

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