Gas-electric Car an Economy Whiz
LEANDRO -- With a wide-eyed zeal usually reserved for political rallies or Star Trek conventions, people from as near as Hayward to as far away as Washington state culminated hours of Internet forum discussions with a meeting over their shared obsession.
About a dozen fans of the Honda Insight car gathered Sunday in the parking lot of the West Gate Shopping Center in San Leandro to share their love for the so-called "hybrid" car -- which runs on a combination of gas and electric power. There they traded notes and stories while their uniquely designed cars rested side-by-side, glistening in the summer sun.
Whether it's the cutting-edge technology and sleek aerodynamics or the environmental benefits of the two-seat vehicle, the little hybrid with the odd design appears to have attracted a local cult following.
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