To be considered a hybrid, an automobile must have a gas powered automobile engine, an electrical motor and a car battery or battery pack underneath the hood. Fuel economy on 2009 models range from 23 Hwy/18 City for the Mercury Mariner to 51 Hwy/60 City for the Toyota Prius.
When considering the lease of a hybrid automobile, features that should be considered include the size, leaase cost, gas mileage and appearance of each model that is featured at each dealership.
Hybrid vehicle popularity has sharply grown from a couple of thousands in early 2000 to close to 300,000 by the end of 2005. The trend is rapidly catching with the auto-leasing industry with generous tax credits and incentives on offer if you go green.
Beginning in 2006, businesses and taxpayers who lease, or purchase, an environmentally-friendly and fuel efficient vehicle will be eligible to claim federal income tax credits worth thousands of dollars. Individual states also offer generous incentives, including hybrid state tax credits, new High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes access and discounted thruway tolls
for alternative-fuelled vehicles. And that’s not all you can save from going green! You can now save on your parking fees at a number of universities and some auto-insurance companies are offering insurance discounts for hybrid-vehicle owners nationwide.
If you want to take advantage of these incentives and contribute to energy conservation then visit HybridCenter.org and complete a personal profile about your driving needs and habits. You will get in-depth advice on hybrid models that would make economic sense to you and local, state and federal incentives available where you live.
Hybrid vehicles include the Audi Q7, BMW 335D, X5 and X6, Cadillac Escalade and Provoq, Chevrolet Aveo, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Tahoe Hybrid, and Volt, Chrysler Sebring E85, Dodge Caravan E85, Durango Hybrid, Ford Escape, F-150 E85, Focus, and Fusion Hybrid, Honda Civic, Accord, and FCX Clarity, Hyundai Accent and Sonata, Mazda Tribute, Mercedes S400, Mercury Milan, Nissan Altima, and Versa, Saturn Vue Green Line, Toyota Prius, A-BAT Concept, Sienna, Volta, and Yaris, Volkswagen Jetta and Touareg TDI, and the Volvo 3CCC.