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.


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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