Wisconsin Drivers Warming to Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

While more Americans are being attracted to hybrids for their fuel savings, local dealers advise customers that if they are considering a hybrid, it's good to have reasons beyond wanting to save money on gas, such as environmental factors like producing less emissions.

Published: 17-Jan-2005

RACINE - The car Craig Husch wanted to see at this weekend's New Car Show wasn't parked inside the warm Festival Hall building, but he didn't seem to mind the chilly temperatures outdoors to see it.

The 48-year-old Racine resident warmed quickly to the sticker posted in the window of a silver Toyota Prius.

"I like these," Husch said, pointing to the Prius' fuel economy numbers - 60 miles per gallon in the city and 51 on the highway.


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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