Hybrid Cars On the Rise

May 2004
Convenience Store News;5/3/2004, Vol. 40 Issue 6, p8
Trade Publication
Hybrid cars are seeing a surge in sales as a result of the record-high gasoline prices and a heightened effort to reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels in the U.S. Hybrid cars pair the internal combustion engine with an electric motor, switching between gas and electric power to increase fuel efficiency. They rely on the gas engine for power at high speeds, and in stop-and-go traffic, the electric engine kicks in. Still, many gasoline retailers have yet to see any sort of direct impact from hybrid car usage.


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