Hybrid Vehicles: Targeting Incentives for the Next Step Forward


Paul Coninx


Automobile Consumer Coalition (ACC)




This report is a detailed analysis of government policy towards hybrid vehicles. The report compares the effects of positive financial incentives encouraging hybrid vehicle purchase, carbon taxes, and financial disincentives discouraging the purchase of fuel-inefficient vehicles. After providing an in-depth account of the science and technology behind hybrid vehicles as well as the effects of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) on the environment, the report analyses and compares the fuel-efficiency of hybrid vehicles to conventional vehicles. The report then focuses on government actions to encourage a switch to hybrid vehicles as part of an overall policy initiative to reduce GHGs, smog, and energy consumption. The report suggests that financial disincentives against fuel-inefficient vehicles may be a more sensible policy than positive financial incentives to encourage the purchase of hybrid vehicles.

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This research received funding support through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program.

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Automobile Consumer Coalition
208-1110A Wilson Ave
North York, ON
M3M 1G7
(416) 651-0555
(416) 651-5465

Source: Consumer Policy Research Database

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