Hybrid Minivan

26 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Hybrid Minivan

Hybrid Minivan

If you’re about the effect of fossil on the environment and need to carry passengers, a hybrid minivan may like the perfect solution. none of the major automakers hybrid minivans for sale to in the United States or Canada. market factors may require to begin offering hybrid

In the meantime, if you have your set on this type of vehicle, you may be to get an electric motor conversion for an minivan or purchase a hybrid a country where they are

No Hybrid Minivans for Sale Yet

Although automakers have expanding their offerings it comes to hybrid vehicles, of the major car manufacturers have a hybrid minivan to sell to or Canadian car buyers. That may be to change, however. Several indicate that it’s a matter of time before begin to offer vans fill this important niche:

Minivans are still popular consumers. According to the Wall Journal. minivan sales by 22.5% between August of and August of 2012. This the third greatest gain in in the entire automotive market small and midsize passenger

New EPA standards for fuel efficiency changes to the automotive industry. A new economy standard, adopted in of 2012, requires that all cars and light trucks, minivans, get 54.5 miles per by 2025. Automakers must phasing in these changes by

The most fuel-efficient minivan currently get about 25 miles per on the highway, according to CarsDirect. less than half of they’ll need to meet the new

This means that automotive technologies, including engines, will be necessary in to meet consumer demand and EPA efficiency standards.

Hybrid Available Internationally

If you live in you do have a great hybrid van the Toyota Estima hybrid. to HybridCars. this medium-sized similar to the Toyota Sienna, has on sale in Japan since It features four-wheel drive and has of cargo and passenger capacity.

It gets about 40 miles per and costs about $50,000.

of the Estima Hybrid

Whether you in Japan or are considering importing vehicle to the United States or the Estima has a lot of advantages:

Better gas than any other minivan on the

Seats up to eight people


Proven hybrid

Disadvantages of the Estima Hybrid

are also a few drawbacks to this

Fuel economy isn’t as as a hybrid passenger car

Difficult to or service if importing

Driver’s on the right side of the van

Expensive to other minivans

Importing the Estima Hybrid

According to a Japanese car export company, you can to pay the following fees when a Toyota Estima Hybrid:

for the purchase of the vehicle

$1,800 for the van to the United States ($1,400 for to Canada)

$140 for marine insurance

results in a total price of for importing the van to the United States or for importing it to Canada. Each has its own import and export laws, so you may have to pay taxes or fees with the purchase. In addition, important to check with local law enforcement to determine you can drive a vehicle with a drivers seat in your

Converting a Minivan to a Hybrid

there’s no magic way to convert a minivan to a hybrid. Because of the the battery packs and completely new motor, you’d need a suspension for your vehicle. you can convert you minivan to a plug-in vehicle.

Companies like GrassrootsEV and sell electric car conversion and can help you find a qualified in your area.

In the Meantime

If looking for a hybrid car that can your entire family, options are currently limited to hybrid SUVs like the Highlander hybrid or Chevrolet Hybrid. However, market and federal regulations are making it more likely that a minivan will make it the domestic car buying market in to come. In the meantime, you can practice driving habits to help fuel and reduce your

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