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In the numbers game, hybrid SUVs and trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado lose. Theyre pricier and heavier than similar V-8 models, and their reduced towing capacity is an especially big drawback in the commercial market.
But while 21 miles per gallon in the city seems unremarkable, consider that a regular Silverado averages in the low teens. General Motors heavy-duty hybrid system shared by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Chrysler is a marvel of power and efficiency for vehicles of this size. Heres a pickup that can reach 30 miles per hour on electricity, offers four-wheel drive, and can haul five people up front and 6,000 pounds behind.
GM will be lucky if it sells a few thousand of these pickups, but its an impressive start among competitors that have yet to embrace hybrids.
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