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Hybrid Cars Update
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.88

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     challenging words:    all-electric, bandwagon, clean-running, electric-powered, fuel-guzzling, gas-electric, plug-in, showing, energy-efficient, mainstream, automakers, production, hydrogen, popularity, portland, leading
     content words:    Henry Ford, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, Civic Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, And Honda, San Francisco, Santa Barbara


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Hybrid Cars Update
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Hybrids are cars that run on two or more power sources - usually gasoline and electricity. Hybrid cars are recognized for their fuel economy and their low emissions. They also produce less noise pollution.
 
2     Cars that get at least part of their power from electricity aren't something new. In fact, since the time of Henry Ford, automobile makers have tried to create electric-powered cars. Until recently, none of the attempts have been very successful.
 
3     Then in the 1990s, the push for a car that was better for the environment led to renewed efforts toward a hybrid gas-electric car. By 2000, there were two hybrids in mainstream production - the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius. The two-door Insight was the first mass market hybrid, and it won many awards. The Prius was the first four-door hybrid sedan.
 
4     Gradually, more car makers entered their own hybrid models into the market. In 2002, Honda came out with the Civic Hybrid. In 2004, there was the Ford Escape Hybrid.
 
5     Toyota continued to produce the Prius, but the Honda Insight went out of production.

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