Imagine a police chase in Manhattan where a Ford Fusion Hybrid pulls up behind the criminal followed by a few Priuses, an Escape Hybrid and a couple of Altima hybrids. Now, think of the scenario where the criminal, driving his gas-guzzling Hummer, takes off out of the city limits on a long-distance chase. A hundred miles later, the criminal creeps to the side of the road running on nothing but fumes while the NYPD hybrid crew has consumed less than three gallons per vehicle. While this scenario
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/GM_Hybrid_Sales_Slowly_Picking_Up_Some_Steam'; General Motors is finally starting to regularly break out the sales figures for its hybrid vehicles and while the numbers are improving, they still look very weak compared to the competition. August was the company's best month yet for hybrids with a whopping 1,629 units delivered of the six available models. Buyers took home a combined 797 examples of the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon plus a single Escalade hybrid.
BusinessCar, a website dedicated to helping businesses get the most for their money when they buy or lease vehicles, has hashed out the pros and cons of ten green automotive technologies. After all the calculations, they've decided that hybrids are the current best choice. The editors say they "judged on emissions (that's all of them, and not just tailpipe CO2), fuel economy, tax benefits, availability and long-term viability – and then crowned a winner."
The Onion believes that stereotypes are a real time saver, but if your stereotype of hybrid drivers includes celebrities and young hipsters, think again. According to HybridCars, who's been tracking hybrid demographics for years, the reality is that most hybrid drivers are older than the average car buyer, have a higher income than average (the "cashed up greenies"), probably have a higher level of education than the average car buyer and likely live in California.
While at my parents' house for Easter, Dad read this headline from the Chicago Tribune to me over breakfast: "Gas price run-up not turning tide for hybrid SUVs." He went on to summarize the article, which says that gas-electric hybrid SUVs like the Ford Escape Hybrid and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid are becoming dealer inventory headaches compared to the likes of the new Chevy Tahoe. Evidently, people don't want to spend another $3-4K (and $10,000 over the price o