IS A HYBRID RIGHT FOR ME?
1. Which of the following are true for you?
Answer: If you answered “true” to any or all of these, you are a great candidate for owning a hybrid car.
- I care about clean air.
- I want to save money on gas.
- I want to decrease my dependence of fossil fuels.
- I want to reduce my footprint on the planet.
2. I’m concerned about safety. Because hybrids are small, does that mean they’re less safe than larger cars?
Answer: Hybrids are not unsafe. See the Crash Test Results.
3. What about prices and taxing?
4. Aren’t hybrid batteries outrageously expensive?
- While many hybrids cost about $3000 more than their conventional counterparts, some new hybrids are the same price as comparable gasoline-powered models.
- As gasoline prices increase, it will take less time for the average driver to recoup any higher price associated with a hybrid model.
- The IRS has decided that hybrid vehicles qualify for a one-time "Clean Fuels" tax deduction of up to $1,500.
Some states offer tax breaks for hybrid buyers.
While batteries for a hybrid cost between $1000 and $2000, they are covered under most warranties.
5. I want a roomy vehicle. Aren’t hybrids really small?
No, roomy small trucks are being designed as hybrids.
6. I want all-wheel drive. Is this available in a hybrid?
While front wheel drive has been the only available option for hybrids, in 2005 all-wheel drive hybrid SUVs will be available.