December 2005
Weekly Reader News - Senior;12/9/2005, Vol. 84 Issue 13, p4
This article features the Toyota Prius hybrid car. Like most hybrids, the Prius depends on gasoline and batteries. This combination lets hybrids go farther using less gas. It also puts them on the fast track to popularity. Thousands of people in the U.S. are clamoring for the cars. Hybrids are popular because they conserve gasoline. The cars use their gas-powered engines on highways, where less fuel is required to move. Their electric motors activate on hills or in stop-and-go traffic, when regular cars consume extra gas. Environmentalists say the cars are exactly what the Earth needs. The advanced technology of hybrids uses less fossil fuel than regular gas-powered vehicles. Despite all the benefits, some people think hybrids are not worth the hype. Hybrids often are more expensive than gas-powered cars.


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