Hybrids Incite Road Raves

The number of gas-electric hybrids on the road is small, but interest is growing in these gas-efficient and environmental friendly vehicles

Published: 11-Jan-2006

By the early 2010s, Toyota says, it plans to sell a million hybrid vehicles a year worldwide, and Ford says it will make 250,000 annually.

But as of December, less than 700 of the 661,000 vehicles registered in Erie County were hybrids, which makes owners like Laurie Dann of Buffalo part of a pretty exclusive club.

"I absolutely believe this is the direction we need to go in," said Dann, owner of a 2005 Ford Escape hybrid SUV, which uses both gasoline and electric engines. "I just think there is a smarter way to do things."


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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