Another Reason to 'Go Green'

Review of Lexus 400h gasoline-electric hybrid sport 'ute.

Published: 09-Mar-2005

We all know that hybrid gasoline/electric vehicles have been hyped as just about the most earth-friendly thing to come along since recycled trash.

These green machines are said to cut smog-forming pollutants by up to 90 percent and global-warming emissions by anywhere from a third to a half when compared to conventional gasoline-powered cars.

That's just peachy. But deep down inside, most of us also know that only the most ardent environmentalists are going to fork over tens of thousands for a vehicle just because it's eco-correct. Most of us are going to ask, "What's in it for me?"


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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