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.

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