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to hybrid or not to hybrid? that is the question  

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I’ve got to admit that until the past presidential campaign, I had no idea what it meant to be “green”. Now, even My Best Half is talking about what we can do as a family to support President Obama, help save our environment, and keep a little more of our money in our pockets. We’re really serious about looking into every aspect of our everyday lives to determine what we can do as a family. Even talking about our next car – if can ever afford to get one – being a hybrid.

So, since I know little to nothing about hybrid cars I decided to do a little research and found a pretty good site called The Car Connection. This site provides excellent news and opinions on the latest, hottest, greenist and fastest new vehicles on the market. You can also find out what new vehicles we can expect to see on the road.

There is a fairly comprehensive list of new and used cars classified as “green” automobiles. From BMWs to Volkswagons, I found reviews of cars built to save money and the environment. In addition, you can also search according to price range or by miles per gallon.

Although, we haven’t quite decided to go the hybrid route yet, The Car Connection is a great place to find out more about any green or hybrid cars on the market.

Do any of you have a hybrid? If so, please share your experience.

Obliged to you for hearing me,
and now old SjP ain't got nothin' more to say...

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5 sojourners hollin' back

Depending on your goals, a hybrid may not be the answer.
Keeping your current car properly tuned and the tires properly inflated will boost your mpg by 5-10 percent over a poorly kept vehicle.
closing door to rooms that aren't being used will help on heating/cooling bills.
Hybrids cost up to 30% more than gas-only vehicles of the same make and model. Would your cost be recovered over the life of the car?
Could your community support the type of hybrid for which you're searching?
Would a solar panel on your roof produce a greater overall effect?

January 15, 2009 at 10:11 PM

A solar panel on the roof? Interesting. Never thought about that. There's a lot of sun here - so that is definetely something we need to check out. Much obliged for the info.

January 15, 2009 at 10:41 PM

For my day job, I'm a fleet manager for my County Government. I buy and sell about 200 cars and trucks each year. I'm currently in the process of "greening" our fleet with a number of hybrid purchases. The benefits are 3-fold. The first benefit is the overall reduction in fuel usage. The second (provided you select wisely) is the lifetime reduction in service costs (less oil usage, longer maintenance intervals), and lastly - if you're feeling all environmental-ly - is the pretty dramatic reduction in Co2 emissions.

With Gas prices under $2, a Prius or Ford Focus Hybrid (both average 40+ miles per gallon) are still cost effective. You will recover the initial acquisition costs by your 4th year of operation...

KM

January 16, 2009 at 11:54 AM

My problem with hybrids is that there not very attractive cars.

January 16, 2009 at 1:21 PM

@ KMyles, hadn't thought about the service costs. That's good to know. I'm hoping that more government agencies will go green now than ever. That will certainly help us all out in the long run. Much obliged for the info!

@ Mike, yes, I haven't seen a hybrid yet that takes my breath away. But, maybe the designers will start going after a little more style.

January 17, 2009 at 10:23 AM
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