May 11, 2004 -- Posted at 6:46 p.m. CDT.
JONESBORO--Gas prices aren't coming down anytime soon so if you are in the market for a new car you might want to consider the gas mileage as a determining factor. Hybrid vehicles have come a long way and you may be suprised at their new redesigned appearance.
When hybrids first hit the market they had a more futuristic look but now you can't even tell a hybrid from a regular gas powered car. However; there is a signifacant diffrence at the gas station. They are primarily propelled by a combustion engine like a regular car but they convert energy normally wasted during coasting into and braking into electricity which is stored in a battery until needed. The electric motor is used to assist the engine when accelerating or climbing a hill. Which means that $20 or $30 dollars you drop into the tank is going to get you much futher down the road.