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Hybrid Pickups are back, and this time for real!   And unless you've been following the industry closely, you might not be aware that General Motors introduced the first hybrid pickups in 2004.  Those hybrids (the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra) were discontinued in 2006, mainly because their light-hybrid technology never caught on.  It was estimated that total production was less than 3,000, and if you watch closely, you might still be able to find a few on eBay.

At the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, GM unveiled the new and improved, 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid; the first pickup truck built using GM's two-mode hybrid system. According to reports, the new Hybrid Silverado is expected to get around 20 miles per gallon, which would make it the most fuel-efficient, full-size pickup on the market.  At the same time, it will offer 6,000 pounds of towing capacity via it's 6.0 liter v8 engine, and will be able to reach 30 mph in all-electric mode.
2009 Hybrid Chevy Silverado

So the questions now shift from "who will build the first hybrid pickup, and when will it be available?" to "who will build the next hybrid truck, and will it be even better?". Some predictions include a hybrid Ford F-150 (Ford already has a hybrid Escape), or a hybrid Toyota Tundra (since Toyota already offers the Prius, Highlander, and Camry). More than likely, these hybrids will evolve from a combination of hybrid sedans and sport trucks.

And don't rule out a hybrid Nissan Titan (Nissan has recently launched a hybrid Altima), or a hybrid Honda Ridgeline (Honda knows a thing or two about hybrids as well.).  With all the buzz surrounding green vehicles, it won't be long before we know, and the improvements will just keep coming. Congrats GM! 

Green pickups are just getting started. As most of you know, other hybrid vehicles have been out for a few years now. Finding a low mileage, used hybrid pickup could take some time. In the Southwest (U.S.), you might check Chapman used cars Phoenix. They offer special financing on new or used hybrid vehicles. Now, let's bring on the green trucks and 4x4's.

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