Hybrids Hang On

By 2010, hybrids will account for 2.9 percent of all new car sales, or 506,000 gas-electric vehicles, according to projections by J.D. Power and Associates.

Published: 31-Jan-2005

Amid the breathless hype over en-vironmentally friendly technologies at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it seemed at times as if all roads led to a gas-electric hybrid vehicle.

At the prestigious industry event, Ford's new Escape hybrid SUV won the Truck of the Year award. That came a year after the Toyota Prius hybrid won Car of the Year.

The Escape hybrid's award also came less than a year after Ford and General Motors decided to scrub lease programs for another previously well-hyped environmentally friendly mode of transportation, the all-electric vehicle. Known as the EV, it received acclaim at auto shows years ago. But not anymore.

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