Motorists who spend a few thousand dollars more than a conventional car for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and expect substantially reduced fuel cost will need to research how to get the most payback on their investment. A Toyota Motor Corp. engineer explains that optimum fuel economy – double that of a conventional, internal combustion engine-only vehicle – typically is achieved by a hybrid only in moderate- to low-speed, congested urban traffic conditions. He says the motorist also ...

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