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Thanks in part to tax incentives, the hybrid car market is gaining speed. But the full potential of these fuel-saving vehicles is being offset by the fact that 30 percent of hybrids sold in 2006 were SUVs.
"The average hybrid is growing rapidly heavier, more powerful, and as a result the fuel consumption benefits are reduced," said Conor Reynolds of University of British Columbia.
In the final analysis, "most small [ICEV] cars have better fuel consumption than most hybrid SUVs," Reynolds told LiveScience.
As an example, a 2007 Toyota Prius (HEV) gets on average 46 miles per gallon (mpg), according to an Environmental Protection Agency website, while a similar-sized 2007 Toyota Corolla (ICEV) gets 29 mpg. When you move up to an SUV, the 4WD Toyota Highlander (HEV) gets 26 mpg.
Originally posted by Gonjo
Its nice to hear its affordable to use hybrids in some countries. Here in Finland they cost alot more than regular cars to begin with and you have to pay annual extra tax on top of the higher price just because youre clearly getting low cost mileage so its not really a surprise the hybrids aint really that compelling to buy.
Originally posted by PlausibleDeniability
This article seems silly to me as well. They compare an SUV to a small passenger car. Of course there's going to be a major difference, hybrid or not. How about comparing a hybrid SUV to a non-hybrid SUV. At least these people buying hybrids are making some sort of a difference, no matter how small.
And many people DO need an SUV or truck. I'm one of them, unfortunately I cant afford one, hybrid or not .
Originally posted by iori_komei
They did compare a normal SUV and a Hybrid one, there was a small difference
of .6 gallons per 100 miles, but it's such a small amount that it does'nt matter much.
My real gripe is that people think cars need to be huge, when they really don't need to be.
Specifically, when normal ICEVs scale up 1,000 pounds in size, they require on average an extra 1.3 gallons of gas to go 100 miles. For HEVs, the same weight gain would correspond to an extra 0.7 gallons per 100 miles.