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Are hybrid cars the best 'green' bet for motorists?

Yes: High gas mileage models have several significant payoffs; No: New diesel vehicles are more environment friendly

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  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    June 23, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    Electric cars and powered roads are the way. This would allow electric cars to ditch most of their batteries reducing cost significantly. Power lines NEXT to the road instead of under it are Dumb when we have a crisis on several fronts due to petrol usage. Dozens of proposals for putting the continual power/charging station IN the roads have been proposed but since it takes public investment it goes nowhere. The same technology facilitates cars that drive themselves, a welcome transition.

    Yet we are spending trillion in the middle East to protect U.S. "interests".

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 23, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    Much of the benefits of a hybrid vehicle could be had if people would learn to accelerate gently. Accelerating aggressively is very fuel inefficient and most of what a hybrid vehicle does is put the vehicle and battery mode during acceleration.

    My advice skip the added expense and hassle of a hybrid vehicle and learn to drive in a way that uses less gas.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 24, 2013 5:25 a.m.

    I now own two german diesels..... and I have to say I prefer them to their gas powered equivalents. I am looking forward to this doubling of available cars. The fact that I could drive from Provo to San Jose, Ca on a single tank 18 gallon tank of gas just makes me smile. Provo to Durham on two refiles....just silly... my wallet is laughing the whole time.