While hybrid-electric cars still represent a small fraction of the market in Canada, sales jumped more than six-fold from 2003 to about 2,300 units last year and industry watchers predict business could double or triple again this year.
T face=Times>Hybrid autos only hold a tiny fraction of Canada's vehicle market but they are gaining momentum.
Sales of the gasoline-electric powered autos jumped more than six-fold from 2003 to about 2,300 units last year and industry watchers predict business could double or triple again this year.
The observers said yesterday the only factors that could stymie major growth in hybrid vehicles is a decline in the overall auto market, falling gas prices or not enough supply to meet demand.
"But over the rest of the decade, the hybrid market will explode in North America," added Dennis DesRosiers, who heads his own auto consulting firm in Richmond Hill.
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.