The Car Industry Introduces Cleaner Air Hybrid Cars

Learn about the car industry's introduction of cleaner air hybrid cars. The hybrid cars are as fast, and cheap like piston-engine-only models, yet they have near zero emissions and get up to 70 miles to the gallon.



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The FORD TURING is yet another entry into the e-car race.
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The TOYOTA PRIUS, already in showrooms around the country, constantly regulates the power between its 1.5-liter conventional gasoline engine and its electric motor in order to maximize drivability and efficiency. It gets 80 miles to the gallon, 680 miles pertank, and, at $16,500, the Prius is priced to compete.
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GM's venerable EV-1, nearly ten years after its initial development, continues to innovate.
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TOYOTA E-COM Making a Volkswagen Bug look like a behemoth, Toyota's experimental E-Com is a two-seat electric vehicle designed for use on college campuses and in planned residential developments. Though perfectly street legal, its 60 mile range (short even by liberal industry standards) relegates the E-Com to jaunts to the store and back.
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Though innovative in its body design and computerized/GPS dash, the Toyota E-Com's nickel-metal battery-run car typifies that breed of electric auto the public may not have the patience for. Inevitably, it seems, those accustomed to a once weekly fill-up and the high-gear acceleration of a combustion engine will be frustrated.
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