New Hybrids Rolling Out As Insurers Offer Discounts

GM to debute hybrid Saturn VUE sport utility while Travelers Insurance offers 10 percent discount to hybrid car owners.

Published: 08-Jan-2006

e are many new hybrid electric-gasoline vehicles set to come out. And if you need another good reason to buy one, here's one: cheaper insurance.

Travelers said it will offer a 10 percent discount on auto insurance to hybrid owners in the next month. It's the first company to do so on a nationwide basis.

The company said it found that hybrid owners tend to fall into what's called "the preferred insured category." In other words: lower risk drivers.

As of last August, there were more than 328,000 registered hybrid vehicles. Most were in California, followed by Virginia, Washington and Florida.


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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