Hybrids: Are You Ready to Repair Them?

The surveys say that people are not purchasing hybrids to pinch pennies on gas; instead they are more likely making a statement about the overuse of fossil fuels.

Published: 10-Jan-2006

While just one out of every 100 cars sold today is a hybrid, these gasoline/electric-powered vehicles are gaining traction among consumers expressing concern with protecting the environment, unease over the nation’s dependency on foreign energy imports and a growing animosity toward record profits being enjoyed by oil producers. Expect more than a million hybrids to be on the road by 2009. A third of them will be off-warranty by that time.

“The number of hybrid vehicles in operation continues to grow at a phenomenal rate—an average of 51 percent growth over the last four years,” according to Mary-Beth Kellenberger, consulting analyst for Frost & Sullivan.

Early estimates are that 1.5 percent of the new cars sold in 2005 are hybrids. Out of a total North American vehicle population of 244.1 million, some 435,000 are of the hybrid variety, accounting for 0.2 percent of the continent’s current fleet.


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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