Accelerating In A Different Direction

The full hybrid gets its best mileage in the city because it is essentially all electric as it crawls through urban traffic. The partial hybrid gets its best fuel mileage on the highway.

Published: 21-Aug-2006

Carole Egan of Reston was like many drivers in Fairfax County.

As an interior designer, she had a rather long commute back and forth from an office in Arlington and spent at least two hours a day in traffic. She was also keenly aware of the effect of exhaust fumes on the environment and did not like that she was contributing to the overall pollution. The daily reminder of rising gasoline prices also disturbed her.

So, in February 2005, she committed to doing something about it. She went to a local dealer and she purchased a hybrid.


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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