Fuel Economy Drives Many to Make Hybrid Switch

Two drivers, two different hybrids, both with the same objective of saving fuel.

Published: 08-Jan-2006

RSVILLE - Dr. Richard Reilly still gets curious looks when he drives his car at slow speeds in downtown traffic.

The same goes for fellow Blairsville resident Ralph Barton, and for John Bruzda, who lives in nearby Derry Township.

Reilly recalled, "The first year I had it, I pulled up to the AAA office, and people came up to me and asked, 'What car is that? I can't even hear your motor.' "

Others have dubbed Reilly's 2004 Toyota Prius "the stealth car," recognizing its place among the small but growing category of extremely quiet-running automobiles known as hybrid vehicles.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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