Do Your Part with Hybrid Vehicles

by Rex Stevenson

Henry David Thoreau once said, “Thank god men cannot fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” Today every single person on this earth needs to think of ways in which to be more environmentally friendly, and with the rising gasoline prices, thinking about getting one of the new hybrid vehicles is an excellent, environmentally friendly choice.

Environmentalists believe in these new hybrid vehicles. Even manufacturers realize that consumers are demanding more of these vehicles, and future projections are showing that there will be many more alternative fuel cars on the market worldwide. This comes as a big surprise, seeing how just a few years ago there were only one or two models of this type of vehicle on the market.

Hybrids are vehicles that use both gasoline and electric power to function. They function on both an internal combustion engine and they also use an electric motor. There are both, full hybrid vehicles that can run on either fuel source and mild hybrids that always need to work on internal combustion. Obviously the mild hybrid is not as environmentally safe as the full hybrid.

Those hybrids that are mild use more gas than electricity. The electric motor in these vehicles is only used as a support system for the engine. These are not as efficient on gas as the cars that are full hybrids. They are also not as environmentally friendly.

The Full Hybrid can use the electric motor independently from the gas engine. The full hybrid can function completely on electricity thereby eliminating harmful emissions, at least while you are driving about town.

The following are the different types of hybrids available:

Cars 1. Toyota makes two vehicles that are hybrids, the Toyota Prius and the Camry. Both of these cars get more than 40 miles per gallon in the city and 40 on the highway. 2. Honda has two hybrid vehicles, the Honda Accord and the Honda civic. The civic gets 49 miles per gallons and the Accord gets 25 MPG. Trucks 1. Chevrolet has the Chevy Silverado Classic 15 which comes in both 2wd and 4wd. This truck gets 18 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway 2. GMC Sierra Classic 15 comes in 2wd and in 4wd and reaches 21 mpg in the city and 18 on the highway.

SUV’s 1. There are several SUV hybrid vehicles, among which is the Lexus RX 400h which is an all wheel drive vehicle and gets 27 mpg in the city and 25mpg on the hwy. 2. The Mercury Mariner in both a 4WD and a 2WD version with about 32 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway 3. Ford Escape comes in a 2wd and a 4wd version. This vehicle gets 36 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway 4. The Toyota Highlander has both 2wd and 4wd version and this vehicle gets 33mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway 4. Saturn also has a hybrid called the Saturn Vue, both in 2wd and 4wd versions. It gets about 33 mpg city driving and 28 mpg highway driving.

Trucks * GMC Sierra Classic 15 hybrid comes in 2WD and 4WD. The 2WD gets 18 mpg in the city and 21 mpg in the highway. * Chevy Silverado Classic 15 Hybrid comes in both 2WD and 4WD. The 2WD gets 18 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. The 4WD gets 17 mpg and 19 mpg on the highway.

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