Hopping on Hybrids

Analysts estimate the alternative-fuel vehicle market to be more than $30 billion in the next few years.

Published: 26-Jan-2005

The eye-opening success of hybrid gas-electric cars in the American market has businesses thinking.

Can the hybrid technology, which uses power from both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor to run a vehicle, be extended to other things? Most believe the answer is yes.

Encouraged by the success of the Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic Hybrid, businesses are testing hybrid buses, trucks, tractors, armored vehicles and even hybrid airplanes that run on jet fuel and solar power. And a host of Colorado companies and institutions are scurrying to cash in on the hybrid mania.


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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