Monday, August 28, 2006

Smarter Vehicles

Bienvenue Saturn VUE
Saturn recently announced a hybrid SUV addition to its fleet: The 2007 Saturn VUE. Stats include a 27 miles per gallon in the city and 32 on the highway, and is the lowest cost of any hybrid SUV out there, starting around $23,000. But the fuel economy doesn't have all energy experts cheering; the engine still requires a small amount of gasoline even when it's running on electricity, unlike the so-called "full hybrids" like the Toyota Prius that can run solely on the battery.

Plug-in hybrids: Not your mama's electric car
A plug-in hybrid car can run on a battery that can be plugged in and recharged. But when that battery juice runs out while you're driving, the car automatically switches over to gasoline (or ideally, a cleaner biofuel). Some models get up to 100 miles per gallon of gasoline.

A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives includes incentives for plug-in hybrids. Go to the House website to find your Representative and urge them to co-sponsor the Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act (H.R. 4409).

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