TodayApril 16, 2022

Hybrids versus conventional cars in 2005

hybrids and non-hybrids

How many hybrids are available for 2005? Do they get better mileage, how much do they cost? Any deals/incentives on them? How much gas would we save annually if the counterpart non-hybrid vehicles were all hybrids?

Deciding to purchase a hybrid vehicle (HEV) doesn’t have to mean giving up practicality, even if you need the use of a truck.

152,600 hybrids will be produced in 2005, saving 22,576,900 gallons of gas next year. If the gasoline counterpart to these ten vehicles ( total of 2,849,566 vehicles) were all hybrids we would save 431,132,393 gallons of gas annually. According to the EIA, the last number is just a little more than what we use every day in gas for transportation.

Besides saving gas and money, you also get a tax rebate on some of these hybrids; in some states, you can drive in the carpool lane and in California, you are exempt from smog checks until 2010.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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