East Tennessee Car Dealers See Rise in Interest in Hybrids

More people see gasoline-electric hybrids as answer to high gas prices.

Published: 21-Feb-2003

people are finding ways to save money at the pump. It's not the gas they buy, but the cars.

Knoxville car dealerships that sell hybrid electric cars say they've seen a significant rise in sales of those cars in the past year.

Hybrids combine gasoline and electricity to power the car.

They get anywhere from 47 to 60 miles per gallon.

Dianne Brown of Knoxville owns a 2000 Honda Insight.

"It was a couple of years ago when gas prices started going up and I had a big SUV and I just wanted to save some money on gas," says Brown. "My kids were grown so I didn't need a 4-door so I found this thing, drove it and loved it."

Brown says she fills her tank about once every two weeks and spends about a fourth as much on gas as she did when she drove an SUV.

Honda sells two types of hybrids, the Insight and the Civic.

Toyota sells one called the Prius.

The hybrid cars sell for between 20 and 22-thousand dollars.

Hybrid car owners are eligible for a one-time, two-thousand dollar income tax deduction.

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