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Hybrid Car Emissions Information

 

Today's production hybrid cars are marketed by a singular benefit; increased fuel economy. Even though it is true that hybrid cars can save drivers a bundle on gasoline and even earn them a tax rebate (see hybrid car tax rebate) the much more important benefit is the very significant reduction in emissions. Generally, hybrid cars produce 80% less harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases than comparable gasoline cars. This translates to less airborne pollutants, and a cleaner earth.

 

Mid Sized Car

Emissions
(tons per year)

Toyota Prius
3.5
Honda Accord
6.9
Chevrolet Malibu
8.1
Toyota Camry
7.2
Mazda 6
7.0
Nissan Altima
7.5
courtesy DOE

The chart at left shows the emissions of greenhouse gases in tons from the most fuel efficient mid sized cars of 2004. Greenhouse gases are the gases which are thought to contribute to the greenhouse effect - the warming of the Earth's climate due to the major buildup of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and other gases in the atmosphere. These gases are released by the combustion of fossil fuel, primarily by cars and other methods of transportation.

 

The calculations for emissions in tons per year are based on 45% highway driving, 55% city driving, and 15,000 miles per year. For more information on the tests that produced these numbers, visit the GREET homepage.

 

Hybrid Car Emissions
(comparison of production hybrids)

 
City MPG
48
57
60
Highway MPG
47
56
51
Emissions
4.1 tons
3.5 tons
3.5 tons
Rating
ULEV
SULEV II
SULEV II
Engine Size
1.3
1
1.5
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Hybrid Car quick notes and facts.

Though current hybrid car tax incentives/rebates are being phased out, consumers can look forward to rebates of up to $5000 in 2005.

Current hybrid cars can get up to 60 miles to the gallon on the highway. In addition to fuel economy, they boast lower emissions and depreciation than gasoline powered cars.

 

In the near future, hybrid cars are expected to get fuel mileage as high as 190 miles per gallon!

 

Environmentalists embrace hybrid cars as a solution to today's pollution problems.

 

Heavy HEV development began in the early 1990's with major manufacturers donating billions of dollars to the research of new hybrid technologies.


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