Conservation Calendar Includes Replacing SUV with Hybrid

Cleveland Plain Dealers 'Conservation Calendar' includes tasks and recommendations for the coming year that includes dumping the family SUV for hybrid-electric car

Published: 06-Jan-2005

APRIL 2005 :Check out the garage: There's a car or two, maybe three there. Do you need such big ones? "Start with what you drive, how much you drive, what kind of gas mileage you get," David Orr says. He's a professor of environmental studies at Oberlin College. Asking him about energy savings lights his fire.

"Anything less than 35 miles per gallon is just unacceptable." So is the average weight of new American cars: more than 4,000 pounds. Get sensible, Orr says. Replace a big SUV with a Toyota Prius or Honda Insight, hybrids that get 50 to 60 miles per gallon.

That not only saves money, Orr says, it reduces "greenhouse gases" that contribute to global warming and that serves the cause of peace. The antipathy between the United States and the Middle East, he thinks, is over oil that Arab nations have and the United States wants. So drive less, too.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

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.


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