What Does Ohio Think About Hybrids?

March 12th, 2010 by

Hybrids these days are becoming more and more popular. The price of gas is changing from day to day. I saw it go up .11 cents over night just a few weeks ago. Many people have opted for the Hybrid when shopping for new cars and trucks. Even GMC and Buick has cars and trucks that aren’t Hybrids but are getting better gas mileage then previous models. GM is producing more and more Hybrid options for people. I recently came across an article by Auto Blog about the 210 cities that love Hybrids the most. Just out of pure curiosity I wanted to search the list and see where Cincinnati and/or Dayton fell. What I was most surprised about was the fact that there were a lot of Ohio towns that did make the list. GM is continually showing us that they can provide Hybrid vehicles that are highly desired. Have you taken a test drive lately? Head on over to your local Cincinnati GMC dealer and check out a Hybrid. I bet you will be surprised.

#64 Cincinnati, OH

#89 Columbus, OH

#99 Youngstown, OH

#104 Dayton, OH

#129 Cleveland, OH

#144 Toledo, OH

#175 Lima, OH

#176 Zanesville, OH

I guess my next question is…Do you even know what a Hybrid is and how it works?

Hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) combine the benefits of gasoline engines and electric motors and can be configured to obtain different objectives, such as improved fuel economy, increased power, or additional auxiliary power for electronic devices and power tools.

Advanced technologies include:

Regenerative Braking. The electric motor applies resistance to the drivetrain causing the wheels to slow down. In return, the energy from the wheels turns the motor, which functions as a generator, converting energy normally wasted during coasting and braking into electricity, which is stored in a battery until needed by the electric motor.

Electric Motor Drive/Assist. The electric motor provides additional power to assist the engine in accelerating, passing, or hill climbing. This allows a smaller, more efficient engine to be used. In some vehicles, the motor alone provides power for low-speed driving conditions where internal combustion engines are least efficient.

Automatic Start/Shutoff. Automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and restarts it when the accelerator is pressed. This prevents wasted energy from idling. – FuelEconomy.gov

Do you own a Hybrid? Have you test driven one yet? What has your experience been? I’d love to hear.

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