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Hybrid Vs Gas

Fuel EfficiencyTwo gas-powered Ford models--the Fiesta and the Cruze--have been rated at 40 miles per gallon on the highway. With hybrids rated between 27 and 68 mpg, the thought is that hybrid manufacturers will scurry to develop new cars that push 60 mpg as the norm.

According to Green Living Answers, the average hybrid driver spends $600 to $700 on gas per year, while the average gas-powered car requires around $2,000 in gas per year. "Consumer Reports," though, has determined that the Toyota Prius, for example, really only got about 44 mpg in real-world driving, as opposed to the 55 mpg it advertises on the window sticker. But it's also been estimated that conventional cars also only get about 75 percent of the gas mileage that's on their stickers too.

MaintenanceGreen Living Answers cites several reasons why the hybrid vehicle costs less to maintain than a conventional gas vehicle. First of all, the engine has the ability to shut down while idling, which saves wear and tear on the engine. Also, when a hybrid is slowing down to stop, the electric motor slows the car down, which reduces the wear on the brakes as well. Some Prius owners have reported not needing brakes for 85,000 miles, while gas-powered cars need brakes about every 15,000 miles. Hybrid vehicle manufacturers also recommend oil changes every 5,000 miles, as opposed to every 3,000 miles for gas cars.

MSN points out though that replacing the battery packs in a hybrid vehicle can cost up to $3,000. The battery packs are generally under warranty, however, for eight to 10 years, depending on the manufacturer. Toyota has claimed its battery packs last for 180,000 miles

Purchase PriceHybrid cars are generally more expensive than their comparable gas-powered counterparts at the time of purchase. Green Living Answers says they are between $3,000 and $8,000 more, in fact. However, once gas and maintenance savings are accounted for, the difference is eventually made up.

The government has also stepped up efforts to encourage people to go green by offering tax breaks and rebates for purchasing environmentally friendly items, including cars. Department of Energy, hybrid vehicles sold after Dec. 31, 2005 may be eligible for the credit, but once a manufacturer has sold more than 60,000 vehicles, the tax credit begins to phase out. Hybrids purchased after Dec. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.

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