Hybrid Cars Starting to Make Economic Sense

Should hybrid prices fall and petrol prices rise further, cost savings become more compelling for buyers in Australia.

Published: 02-Jan-2008

Hybrid cars are starting to make economic sense as their costs come down and fuel prices rise.

Are hybrid cars becoming more cost effective? The NSW Government recently recommended their use in taxi fleets after a trial of the Toyota Prius.

It found passengers liked its space, comfort and environmental credentials. It also found the initial high cost of the cars could be partly offset over time thanks to lower running costs and rising petrol prices.


This two-plus-two concept is a hybrid front-engine, rear-drive sports car with a projected zero-to-60 acceleration in the four-second range.

The Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept is capable of zero fossil fuel CO 2 emissions while also enhancing performance and reducing energy consumption.

The hybrid version of the Malibu will have a belt alternator start system which enhances efficiency in stop-and-go driving by shutting off the engine at idle mode.


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