Appeal of Hybrid Cars Continues to Grow

Compared with a standard sedan of similar size, one of the best-selling hybrids, the Toyota Prius, produces 5,203 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas; 2.4 fewer pounds of nitrogen oxides, which contribute to ozone; and 2.6 fewer pounds of hydrocarbons, the soot that turns ozone to smog.

Published: 20-Jan-2006

tax credits mean that buying a hybrid vehicle this year could save you more than $5,000.

And putting that car on the road could keep thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.

But that's not why Wayne and Helen Wilson of Churchville were considering the gasoline-electric hybrid Toyota Prius as they car-shopped in East Rochester this week.

"First of all, it's the gas mileage," said Wayne Wilson. "The environmental (impact) is a side benefit."

Even as fuel efficiency tests announced last week will cause federal mileage estimates to fall, most hybrids will still come out on top, attracting customers, dealers predicted.

Rochester-area dealerships sold several hundred hybrids last year — just a drop in the bucket of 543,085 registered vehicles in Monroe County.

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