Verdict: Hybrids Save You Gas, Not Money

Posted on June 26, 2008 by LCT Magazine

HALLOWED BE THY HYBRID? That's been the green mantra about hybrid cars, but yet another study at least questions whether most hybrid vehicles can save owners money. Chauffeured transportation operators need to proceed cautiously and focus on these key questions: Does a hybrid vehicle purchase make financial sense? What's the point if maintenance costs outweigh or cancel out the fuel cost savings? Is the public relations payoff and good-green housekeeping seal of approval enough to make fleet hybrids worthwhile? That's obviously an individual decision for each operator based on economics and customer demand. Putting up with costly hybrids may be worth getting those corporate contracts that insist on green products and practices -- whether the green stuff really helps or not. -- M.R.

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