General Motors is the major manufacturer of hybrid trucks. Starting in 2008 with the GMC Sierra and the Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors have offered other hybrid truck variants in its other sports utilities and truck models including the Cadillac Escalade, the GMC Yukon, and the Chevrolet Tahoe.
If you are on the lookout for hybrid trucks, you have to keep in mind that although your objective is to save money on fuel consumption, the prices of these vehicles are amazingly high compared to a gasoline-powered truck. And if you read the latest forums on hybrid trucks, there is a segment in the market claiming that there is very little discrepancy in the usage of city fuel between single engine trucks compared to the hybrid ones. And in the open highway, gas consumption between the two truck variants are absolutely the same.
Nevertheless, the models made for the hybrid variants have more powerful engines than the gas guzzlers. The Chevy Silverado, for example, come in 5.3 liter or 6.2 liter V8 models. These engines can rev up to more than 400 horsepower per 417 lb-ft of torque. According to the Environment protection Agency, the hybrid truck Silverado model would consume only $1850 worth of fuel whereas the conventional Silverado would have used almost $3000 on fuel depending on certain settings.
But, the hybrid truck is considerably more expensive than the conventional one to the tune of five thousand big ones. Performance may be a bit high with the hybrids but who needs extra power when you are caught up in traffic.
However, as far as the environment goes, hybrids combine the power of the gas engine and the clean energy coming from the electric motor which by and large minimizes the expulsion of more carbon monoxide into the air that we breathe. With lower gas usage, comes better mileage. At one point, using hybrids can entitle an owner to tax benefits and there are a lot of purchase incentives when you opt to go for vehicles equipped with hybrid engines. The incentives vary for each state.
The hybrid field looks bright with all the clamor for a cleaner, greener environment. In fact, even Formula 1 officials are about to set a new set of guidelines promoting green cars in their races. And that is the reason why the hybrid technology is continuously being fine-tuned for the next generation cars.