Hybrid Car Owners, A Passionate Cult

Hybrid mania is at an all-time high. Interest in these cars and their environmentally friendly technology, combined with fans' enthusiasm and obsession over details like gas mileage, sometimes makes hybrid ownership seem like a cult.

Published: 24-May-2005

Hybrid car owners are a devoted lot. Maybe even crazy.

Greg King, a systems engineer at Northrop Grumman in Sunnyvale, Calif., obsesses over the gasoline mileage he can eke out of his blue Honda Insight, which he bought in 2001.

Driving down to Stockton from Kirkwood Mountain Resort near Lake Tahoe, he managed to get 112 miles per gallon — nearly double what the two-seater officially achieves. And he once drove to Los Angeles and back on a single tank of gas.

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