Our Hybrid Car Makes Economic Sense

As the cost of driving soars, a growing number of motorists are turning to hybrid cars for both environmental and financial reasons.

Published: 13-Nov-2007

As the price of petrol at the pump climbs over £1 a litre, Paul Duncan can afford to feel a little smug. He drives a hybrid Honda Civic, fuelled by a combination of electric power and petrol.

The result is not only kinder to the climate, but it saves Paul and his wife Linda hundreds of pounds every year.
Paul, 64, a semi-retired engineer, and Linda, 57, an apprentice manager of a medical practice, have had hybrid cars for the past three years. During that time they estimate they have saved several hundred pounds a year through cheaper car tax and using less petrol. And the couple, who live in Ealing, west London, do not have to pay if they drive through the capital's congestion charge zone.

As the cost of driving soars, a growing number of motorists are turning to hybrid cars for both environmental and financial reasons. Honda, Toyota, Volvo, Vauxhall and Rover all offer hybrid models. Honda sold 600 hybrids in the UK last year, but it expects the figure for 2007 to soar to nearly 6,000.

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