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5 Believable Myths about Hybrid Cars

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I’m Niki, the founder and designer of Enji Studio Jewelry. We’re a sustainable luxury jewelry brand based in beautiful north county San Diego.

at Enji we’re on a mission to bring you meaningful, modern, ethical design that shows off your style, honors the journey of your life, and reflects your values. We craft each piece for you in our Carlsbad studio bringing new life to recycled gold and silver and using only FairTrade and ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones.

Enji was founded in 2014. We take steps toward positive change in our industry by practicing ethical sourcing and manufacturing and giving back to the local and global community. We create our pieces for everyday wear.

Enji is about modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. As creators and consumers, our choices now have a global impact. This is why we consider how things are made to be important and this to be part of our responsibility as a business and global citizen. As a designer and jeweler, I only work with suppliers that share this view. This is why we make all of my pieces using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fairtrade stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials made using recycled paper and clothing.

Niki is a GIA Graduate Jeweler. She was awarded the 2016 Halstead Grant Award and 2014 Windgate Fellowship Award by the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. She has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Europe and her work can be seen in the pages of Glamour UK, Basic, Evening Standard, National Jeweler, and more. To see her one of a kind art pieces and CV check out nikigrandics.com

Enji is about modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. As a designer and jeweler, I only work with suppliers that share this view. We make all of my pieces using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fair mined stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials made using recycled paper.

As a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, we hope to be among the first movers bringing transparency and sustainable practices into the luxury fashion jewelry world. Ethical Metalsmiths and Fairmined gold and gems.  All our pieces are made in our studio in San Diego and we use low-impact, environmentally conscious studio practices to lessen our footprint. 

We take steps toward positive change in our industry by practicing ethical sourcing and manufacturing, because it’s important. To us, to you, to the women and men who mined the stones we use to create our pieces. We also donate a portion of each sale to organizations that help empower women locally and globally and work to end domestic violence and human trafficking because that’s part of the future we want to see.

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5 Believable Myths about Hybrid Cars

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Driving is one of the first privileges we have when we come of age. The first thing we usually do when we become 16 or 17 is ask your parents to teach us to drive because driving means independence. It means we are old enough and wise enough to handle a big responsibility, even if we are still young. However, the modern cars of today might not be the same from those back when we were learning to drive. I for one, remember being taught to drive in a 2008 Toyota Corolla, and now more than a decade later, the 2018 Corolla looks like a spaceship compared to the 2008 model. But as we progress in our technology, so do the cars as newer models emerge. The hybrid and electric cars of this era have been gaining traction like never before, and Enji feels it is time to start a conversation about them by dispelling our top 5 hybrid car myths.

1. Hybrid Cars Are The Newest Technology

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This myth is fascinatingly false. Although the new hybrid cars seem futuristic, they actually are a blast from the past. Hybrid and electric running cars are not an invention and have been sold and purchased before. During 1900 it is estimated that electric and steam-powered cars were purchased just as frequently as gasoline powered cars. This helps fuel the idea that produced the first hybrid vehicle patent in 1905 by an American engineer named H. Piper.

Although these hybrid and electric cars might seem new, there are simply being marketed as new and eco-friendly. There is new technology helping improve the design of a hybrid vehicle, but the idea is far from original.

 

2. Hybrid Cars Save You A Lot Of Money On Fuel

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This is partially true. Although hybrid cars are marketed as fuel efficient, the truth is that unless you are constantly vigilant on how you drive your car, you won’t notice a large difference. This is because hybrid cars are designed to extend the MPG when driven a certain way. This includes being cautious of constant speeds, sudden stops, and accelerated starts.

If you are driving long distances at high speeds this a hybrid car not be true for you.

 

3. All Hybrids are Eco-friendly

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Although a big reason hybrid became popular today is due to their lower emission, not all hybrids were created equal. The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is a perfect example of how some hybrids are not as eco-friendly as they seem. The Tahoe Hybrid fuel efficiency is a little less than equivalent to most standard cars giving its driver only 21 miles per gallons of fuel. While the standard Toyota Prius allows its driver to have 58 miles per gallon. So, make sure to do your research if you are planning on buying one.

 

4. Hybrid Batteries Don’t Last Long

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It is clear to see where this myth came to be. Batteries such as lithium and nickel are not known to have a relatively long lifespan compared to a car. The idea of having to replace a hybrid battery would indeed be expensive today, however, there isn’t a concern for most manufacturers as they can usually guarantee 8-10 years or 160,000 miles in a hybrid battery. These batteries are made to last and if you are still having doubts there is a man in Vancouver who drove his Toyota Prius 320,000 km in 25 months, and the car is still doing well.

 

5. Hybrids Will Save The Planet

This myth is sadly false. Although we would all like to believe that saving the plant is possible by switching cars it is simply not that easy. The problem of climate change and global warming extends beyond one simple solution, it must be a collaborate effort from every individual if we are to save the planet. Although hybrids can help alleviate some of the environmental stress on the planet, it cannot be the only modification the earth makes. This problem is simply too large to be solved with a single product.

 

Sources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-misconceptions-about-hybrid-cars-2012-10#more-women-than-men-drive-hybrids-1

https://www.earthsfriends.com/hybrid-car-myths/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/nov/30/busting-myths-electric-cars

http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/top-5-myths-about-hybrid-cars