With the rapid evolution of technology comes the by product of ever-increasing pollution. As advanced machinery is thought up and produced in mass quantities, it is becoming a problem we can no longer ignore.

Many industries who were once responsible for a fair share of polluting the environment have begun to become more aware of their environmental impact. Even ‘big shot’ companies have considered an eco-friendly path.

Take hybrid vehicles, for example. The concept of a vehicle that uses two or more separate power sources to move was a technological breakthrough that was nonetheless shelved a few years back as nothing more than a concept.

That hasn't stopped multinational car companies such as Mercedes, Lexus, and Cadillac from developing their own hybrid cars—some already seen roaming the streets of the US.

These vehicles are what is called a “mild hybrid”, which is not completely independent of using gas, but mixes petrol with electricity.

The Mercedes S400 hybrid vehicle, due to be unveiled this month, is a sophisticated vehicle that boasts 275 horsepower and 6-cylinders. It utilizes a lithium battery and a regenerative break system, which automatically shuts off and on when stationary. Unlike most hybrid vehicles this car is fast, and is expected to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 7 seconds.

Starting from 2010 Lexus will be revealing the HS 250h model along with other hybrid vehicles. The campaign is called ‘h’ which stands for hybrid with the motto of “Good things are happening today.” The vehicles have the same physical appearance as the normal models, but have better fuel economy and lower emissions—76% less smog release among other advantages. One unique attribute is the windshields on the HS models will be embedded with material that limits the amount of infrared rays that enter the vehicle, which will ensure that the car stays cooler when stationary so the air conditioner won't have to work as hard to keep the car cool, saving energy.

The new lineup of hybrid cars are an exiting one. These hybrid cars are faster and sleeker than their hybrid predecessors all the while giving the car's owner the peace of mind of knowing that they are doing their part in reducing their impact on the environment.

– Khaleejesque.

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