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Hybrid Vehicle

5% of members are saving with this action!

Save up to 3,600 kg / 7,920 lbs CO2 and up to $1,800 per year!

Hybrid vehicles are typically much more efficient than their gas-only equivalents. They generate electricity while driving, often during braking. This energy is then used to power the vehicle, typically while stopped and at low speeds.

Most manuafacturers now offer at least one Hybrid model. The best overall fuel economy for 2008 is the Toyota Prius at about 55 mpg but there are many other excellent models from Honda, Ford, Lexus, Mercury and others. Use caution when selecting a vehicle as certain vehicles are still tuned for performance and don't achieve a significant fuel economy improvement.

As an example, consider a large SUV which gets 16 mpg. At average mileage and approximately $3/gallon gas, the total fuel cost over 5 years would be over $11,000. Comparing to a mid-range hybrid at 45 mpg the 5 year fuel cost would be almost $4,000, a savings of $7,000. Your actual savings would depend what vehicle you would have purchased otherwise.

In-depth guide: hybrids

Benefits and costs

Annual CO2 Savings1,500 - 3,600 kg
3,300 - 7,920 lbs
Annual Cash Savings$500 - $1,800
Initial Cost$2,000 - $8,000
Time to pay for itself1.0 - 16.0 years
CO2 saved per year per initial dollar invested0.19 - 1.80 kg

* These value ranges were taken from many sources including product documentation, published reports, and the reference material linked here.

If everyone did this ...

If every household in the US did this, it could save a collective 475,200,000 tons of CO2 per year!

This would be equivalent to:

  • Taking 93,176,471 cars off the road for a year
  • Producing 35,729,323 tons of Beef

Visit How Much CO2 Is That? for more information.

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