USA Prepares for Hybrid 'Onslaught'

Sales of hybrid cars in the US are set to double in 2005, research suggests.

Published: 11-Jan-2005

Research group JD Power estimates sales will hit 200,000 in 2005, despite higher prices and customer scepticism.

Carmakers are starting to build hybrid sports utility vehicles (SUVs), the four-wheel-drive vehicles which now dominate the US car market.

Hybrids cut both petrol consumption and emissions by combining a petrol engine with an electric motor constantly kept charged by extra engine power.

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