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Hybrid Cars
Problem: We drive cars that waste most of the stored energy in the gasoline they run on. Worse, these already-inefficient engines spew noxious gases that pollute our atmosphere. Hybrids take advantage of current technologies—blending batteries, electric motors and the standard gasoline engine—to create a more efficient ride with less harmful exhaust. In this Cribsheet, we’ll give you an idea of how hybrids work, what their impact could be and what kind of fuel economy they achieve compared to conventional vehicles.

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Originally published April 24, 2006


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