HYBRID CARS, ARE THEY REALLY GOOD FOR US?

Toyota Hybrid X 02

 

 

Everyone knows that hybrid vehicles are said to be the good generation of vehicles. That they can help our planet that they can provide a lot of benefits more than the standard vehicles, And so many patronization just to build them up. Well, actually almost all scientists as well as policy makers agrees that hybrid cars are really “good for us”. However, a small group of skeptics insist that these cars won’t still do any good for us. They’re question is “Are they really healthy fr the drivers”?

 

There are hybrid car users complaining that driving this kind of car made them drowsy. There is actually a legitimate reason for raising the issue. According to research, the flow of electrical current to the motor that moves a hybrid vehicle at low speeds (and assists the gasoline engine on the highway) produces magnetic fields, which some studies have associated with serious health matters, including a possible risk of leukemia among children. Since the batteries and power cables of the hybrid cars are often placed close to the driver as well as to the passengers, the tendency of being exposed to electromagnetic fields is really unavoidable. The worse is, such exposure will only be prolonged, particularly to the drivers that stay for hours each at the wheel.

 

Many hybrid car owners can manifest on such exposure since they have also tested their vehicle s for the electromagnetic fields by utilizing hand-held meters and the result? It’s very alarming, hence, making them now unsafe and unsure on their own cars.  Many agencies which include the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute also admit the potential hazards of the long-term exposure to a strong electromagnetic field, or E.M.F., and have done studies on the association of cancer risks with living near high-voltage utility lines.

 

 

While Americans live with E.M.F.’s all around — produced by everything from cellphones to electric blankets — there is no broad agreement over what level of exposure constitutes a health hazard, and there is no federal standard that sets allowable exposure levels. Government safety tests do not measure the strength of the fields in vehicles — though Honda and Toyota, the dominant hybrid makers, say their internal checks assure that their cars pose no added risk to occupants.

 

Experts in hybrid-issues states that while there may not be cause for someone to be alarmed with such, neither the potential health effects should also be ignored. Definitely, it is not good to make early conclusion about it since there is till no enough proof that such vehicles can really harmed us. According to a source, the “Charges that automobiles expose occupants to strong electromagnetic fields were made even before hybrids became popular. In 2002, a Swedish magazine claimed its tests found that three gasoline-powered Volvo models produced high E.M.F. levels. Volvo countered that the magazine had compared the measurements with stringent standards advanced by a Swedish labor organization, not the more widely accepted criteria established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, a group of independent scientific experts based near Munich. “

 

The issue was further heated due to the hybrid driver’s who have made their own readings. They used several devices such as field-strength detectors which has a common model, the TriField meter that costs for about $145 online. However, experts say that it is not good for the hybrid owners to just rely on measurements. The issue was over the high level in hybrid cars sprung not only from worrisome instrument readings but also because of the drivers who says that hybrid vehicles make them ill.

 

Well, what can I say? We don’t have a proof that hybrid cars can really harm us. Before we make a conclusion, make sure that there is strong evidence about it. Since it can easily complicate things. (wink) lol

 

 

~ by khia0486 on May 6, 2008.

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