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.

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