Hybrid Car Leaves This Driver Singing at the Pump

When Bill Fitch drives form Gillette, Wyoming to Phoenix, Arizona in his Prius, he gets 55.6 mpg at 65 mph, filling up the 11 gallon tank every nine hours.

Published: 27-Mar-2005

I love what you do for me, Toyota!

Bill Fitch is singing the jingle all the way to the gas pump, and the bank, as he cruises in his 6-month-old Toyota Prius, a hybrid electric-gas car that averages between 50 and 60 miles per gallon.

While he doesn't drive it every day - he sticks to his old pickup to take him to and from work - it's been a great investment for long trips, Fitch said. And if gas prices continue to soar beyond record highs, either he or his wife will drive the car regularly. In town, it's possible to drive the car solely on the electric engine, once he learned to be more gentle with the throttle,. Fitch said.


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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