it's already possible to get your hands on a used hybrid pickup, it now
appears that it won't be easy - at least not until the latter half of
2008. GM introduced two hybrid pickup trucks back in 2004;
the Hybrid Chevy Silverado and the Hybrid Chevrolet Sierra.
these hybrid trucks were much different than many of the true hybrid
vehicles we see on the road today. In fact, these hybrid
pick-ups only improved their fuel economy by about 10%, getting a mere
2 MPG better than their non-hybrid counterparts.
In 2007, GM quit building these two hybrid pickup models due in part to
little buzz and slow sales figures. Overall, it's estimated
that only 2500 to 3500 of these pickups ever sold to the public.
The really exciting news is that GM plans to roll out a new
line of hybrid pickups in 2008, most likely later in the year.
Assuming these will again be green versions of the Silverado
and Sierra, you can bet that as "real hybrid pickups", with 25% or
greater gas mileage - the demand will be much greater. If
you're looking for a used hybrid pickup for sale, a year from now your
wait should be over. Until then custom
sport trucks might be your best
alternative depending on what you
are able to do with converting yours to another fuel source.
It's uncertain whether or not other manufacturers will beat GM to
market by offering their version of a hybrid pickup before Q4, 2008.
Honda plans to introduce a hybrid Ridgeline, but likely not
until 2009...and possibly not in a V8 version until 2010 or 2011.
In 2005, Toyota showed off their FTX full-size hybrid pickup
"concept vehicle - but there has not been much news since then.
Regardless of whether it's '08 or '09, one thing is for
certain. The market for hybrid pickups is going to be big,
really big. Pickups already account for more than 1/3 of all
vehicles sold in the U.S. Once they start rolling off the
showroom floor, used hybrid pickups will be even hotter. It
will be interesting to see which companies are poised to handle the
demand for these more eco-friendly trucks. Hybrid trucks will