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Hybrids Soon to be Everywhere, Experts Predict

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An article in the Chicago Tribune is saying that the number of vehicles with some degree of electrification will skyrocket from five in 2008 to 116 by the close of 2011.

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"Virtually every car will be a hybrid, with so many variations of electric-assistance that some manufacturers won’t even use the word," the article stated. "Many upcoming vehicles using electrification won’t call themselves hybrids. They’ll promise better fuel economy or performance without getting into nuts-and-bolts tech talk most people don’t care about."

The article cited as examples the base 2012 Buick LaCrosse, the 2012 Buick Regal midsize sedan and the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, all of which will have electric systems with an eye on fuel savings.

Jim Hall, managing director of 2953 Analytics, was quoted in the article as saying, "It could become tough to find a car without
electric augmentation in seven or eight years." 

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