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The Week of Monday, January 14

Trade in your SUV for a fuel-efficient car.

In the late 1990’s, SUVs started to become a status symbol. Today, people are beginning to see them as luxury that pollutes. SUV’s require large engines due to their weight and are designed for pulling heavy loads. In most cases, people use them as passenger vehicles. If you replace the average SUV with a mid-size Hybrid vehicle such as a Toyota Prius, you would make great strides to save gas (by approximately 70%). If you look at 100% electric cars, you can not only eliminate emissions, but save gas, oil, and maintenance costs too. If you have a few trips a year when you need a larger vehicle, consider renting one. It's also important to understand that mild hybrid cars are less fuel efficient than full hybrid cars. Check out the fuel economy guide at www.fueleconomy.gov.

Call SBESC to learn more about Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and the "Drive the Future" Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program - (310) 371-7222.