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Old 10-14-2005, 11:27 AM   #6
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People are getting way less than advertised with Hybrids because they are driving them like normal cars instead of like hybrids. The two biggest factors are hard acceleration and hard braking. With hard acceleration you force the gas engine to engage much sooner than it should. With hard braking you override the regenerative braking system and instead you use the conventional braking system which just wastes the potential energy as heat.
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