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Wernet Enterprises Inc
(651) 457-1613
7375 Concord Blvd
Inver Grove Heights, MN

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Earl Street Auto Sales
(651) 771-5031
803 Earl St
Saint Paul, MN

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Avenue Motor Sales
(651) 646-8347
938 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN

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University Auto Sales
(651) 644-5600
2250 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN

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Carquest Auto Parts
(612) 827-5956
918 West Lake S
Minneapolis, MN
 
Import Auto Enterprises
(651) 225-9699
830 Robert St S Ste 2
Saint Paul, MN

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Heartland Auto Sales
(651) 793-5125
1236 Arcade St
Saint Paul, MN

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120 Autos
(651) 787-9700
4747 Geneva Ave N Ste 3
St Paul, MN

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Kassick Motors
(952) 884-9555
1000 West 94th St.
Bloomington, MN
 
Interstate Companies, Inc.& Subsidiaries
(952) 854-2044
2601 American Blvd. East
Minneapolis, MN
 
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Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Courtesy Electric Drive Transportation Association   

A hybrid electric vehicle uses both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine to propel the vehicle. A hybrid is designed to capture energy that is normally lost through braking and coasting to recharge the batteries (regenerative braking), which in turn powers the electric motor--without the need for plugging in.

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A 'parallel' hybrid electric vehicle uses the electric motor or the internal combustion engine to propel the vehicle. A 'series' hybrid electric vehicle uses the electric motor to provide added power to the internal combustion engine when it needs it most, for example, in stop-and-go driving and acceleration. Hybrid electric vehicles have the potential to use electricity to power onboard accessories or to provide outlets to plug in appliances or tools. All have the potential to achieve greater fuel economy than conventional gasoline-engine vehicles.

The hybrid market is growing--there are a variety of hybrid electric vehicles available to consumers today, with more models on the way. Cities across the country are already benefiting from the use of hybrid electric buses in their communities.

Advantages of hybrids:

  • Reduced fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions
  • Optimized fuel efficiency and performance
  • Lower fueling costs
  • Recovered energy from regenerative braking
  • Uses existing gas station infrastructure

Challenges of hybrids:

  • Complexity of two powertrains
  • Component availability--batteries, powertrains, power electronics
  • Higher initial cost

How much fuel do hybrids save?

Hybrids have received attention for their EPA-estimated miles-per gallon ratings because hybrids use fuel economy as a main selling feature. Recent media coverage has shed light on the fact that some hybrid owners don't get the advertised fuel economy from their vehicles. Most hybrid owners are pleased with their vehicle's fuel economy, recognizing the superior performa...

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