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.
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.
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.