Serves the Commercial Small Fleet Market of 10 – 50 Vehicles

Hybrid Cars Try Merging Into Mainstream

June 4, 2002

Touted by Japanese makers as "the next big thing" after the traditional internal combustion engine, hybrid gas-electric vehicles offer from 1.5 times to twice the fuel efficiency of gasoline cars of the same size, cutting carbon dioxide emissions. But it is still very much a niche market and the question of just how fast and how far it will develop is crucial for an industry that must decide how to divide up research funds between hybrids and competing technologies such as fuel cell vehicles, according to a Reuters report.Toyota is the most ambitious, aiming to build 300,000 hybrids annually in 2005, although it has said the target may include sales to other automakers.Tax credits offered in Japan and the United States will help the vehicles gain acceptance, while European carmakers' aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 140 grams per kilometer by 2008 will push them towards hybrids, according to industry analysts.
Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


Fleet Faq Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Sponsored by

Programs taking various forms in different countries, but generally any offering from fleet management and leasing companies related to services which contribute to reducing the frequency or severity of accidents, improving vehicle operators’ driving habits, identifying problem drivers, or supporting company fleet management in designing or implementing safe driving policies and procedures.

Read more

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher