New Hybrid Vehicles Save Gas

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.

Cars are one thing, but in Region 8 a lot of people drive trucks. Next fall hybrid trucks will hit the market. The Chevy Silverado hybrid will feature the largest horsepower engine ever made. So it will still be able to haul stuff around. SUV hybrids are also in the works. So no matter what your taste is there will be a hybrid for you.