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Study: In city driving, hybrids really outshine the competition Filed under: Hybrid , MPG

Study: In city driving, hybrids really outshine the competition Filed under: Hybrid , MPG

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Report Hybrid Cars Are Greener for City Drivers PITTSBURGH, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Will that hybrid vehicle pay for itself and help the environment? That depends on how and where you drive, Carnegie Mellon University researchers report. Jeremy Michalek, a professor of mechanical engineering and engineering and public policy at CMU, and Orkun Karabasoglua, a mechanical engineering research assistant, analyzed the potential cost and greenhouse gas savings of hybrid and electric vehicles under different driving conditions. "We found that for highway drivers, hybrid and plug-in vehicles cost more without much benefit to the environment," Michalek said. "But for drivers who experience a lot of idling and stop-and-go traffic, a hybrid could lower lifetime costs by 20 percent and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half." The study, funded by the Na...

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