Honda Hybrid Is Ideal Bird-Watcher
doubts Heidi Hughes had about whether people would be interested in the bird-watching aspects of a gas/electric hybrid car evaporated Saturday morning when she came to work and found people rummaging through such a car.
"I was actually pleasantly surprised to see a couple going through the glove compartment," said Hughes, executive director of the Platte River Valley Bird Observatory at Crane Meadows. "They were interested in the car, and I told them, 'Hop in. Let's go for a ride.'"
Last week, Crane Meadows received a 2005 Honda Civic sedan/hybrid courtesy of Cornhusker Honda in Grand Island. The dealership donated the car after Hughes marched into its office one day and said she could get hybrids some exposure in the nature community by touting them as the "best bird-watching car on the planet."
Hybrids are so befitting of the birder lifestyle because of the cars' technology. Every time a driver steps on the brake, the car uses kinetic energy to charge the battery. When this process happens, the gas-powered part of the engine shuts off, restarting again when the accelerator is pushed.
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