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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Gas Guzzling Hybrid Cars

A July 17th story in The New York Times reveals that the new, second generation of hybrid cars are no more efficient than their non-hybrid counterparts.

"The 2005 Honda Accord hybrid gets about the same miles per gallon as the basic four-cylinder model, according to a review by Consumer Reports, a car-buyer's guide, and it saves only about two miles a gallon compared with the V-6 model on which it is based. Thanks to the hybrid technology, though, it accelerates better.

Hybrid technology, it seems, is being used in much the same way as earlier under-the-hood innovations that increased gasoline efficiency: to satisfy the American appetite for acceleration and bulk."


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