The guide was originally created in 2009 to simplify the process of researching hybrids. "There are an overwhelming number of websites offering advice about eco-friendly cars," says Jeff Carey, Director of Marketing at Hybrid Kingdom. "Customers were asking us for an easier way to compare all the hybrid makes and models in one place. Our editors brought it all together and developed a resource that people can read online, download or print."
The recently updated Hybrid Guide includes information on every new hybrid car, truck and SUV available for purchase today. These include the ever popular Toyota Prius as well as several newcomers such as the hybrid Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid sport utility vehicle. Dozens of new hybrids are scheduled for release in 2011 and 2012. Subscribers to the Hybrid Buyers Guide receive free updates for life.
All 27 hybrid vehicles get their own featured page in the new guide. Each vehicle profile includes an executive review, photos, EPA gas mileage estimates and pricing options. Also included are links to expert reviews, manufacturers and other online resources. Discontinued models such as the Honda Accord hybrid are referenced in their own section of the guide.
Sales of hybrid vehicles reached an all-time high in 2008 when gas prices in the U.S. topped $4 per gallon. In areas of California, prices were closer to $6. That year over 300,000 hybrids were sold, but since then consumer interest in hybrid-electrics has fallen in part due to lower gas prices and an ailing economy. Now, with crude oil and gasoline prices again on the rise, online searches for more fuel efficient vehicles are rapidly increasing.
Hybrid Kingdom is a fully-owned portfolio of more than 60 websites, blogs and forums covering hybrid cars, hybrid SUVs and electric cars. Launched in 2007, Hybrid Kingdom publishes the original Green Car Newsletter – a free monthly email read by thousands of eco-friendly subscribers.