Analysts say hybrid vehicles, which save gas by combining an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, could solve the ongoing fuel-economy debate, as well as cost consumers a lot less at the pump, according to the But there's a healthy amount of skepticism about whether hybrids will get off the ground, according to the Detroit Free Press. Making the technology easy to understand will be a major barrier, especially for those buyers who confuse hybrids with electric cars, the Free Press said. Automakers, in any case, are gearing up for the technology, with the hopes that hybrids will bridge the gap between today's gas-powered vehicles and the ultimate goal of many automakers: vehicles running on hydrogen-powered fuel cells.