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While there are no diesel hybrid cars on the market, diesel hybrid engines do exist in locomotives. Find out why the technology for diesel hybrid cars has not caught up with demand with information from a hybrid car salesman in this free video on hybrid cars.

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Hi, I'm Kyle with Toyota Tampa Bay and I'd like to talk to you about diesel hybrid cars. Now as far as a regular hybrid vehicle available for everyday production by the consumer, there is no working diesel hybrid in the market. However, diesel hybrids have been along for a very... around for a very long time, including some of the very common things such as locomotives. They use a diesel engine with a hybrid system. Now, over the last few years there have been an outcry of sorts from the consumers saying that in some of the larger vehicles such as commercial trucks, you're full tons, your half tons even and in some of your smaller cars like a Corolla, people are really wanting the diesel hybrids out there. However, the technology has just not come along well enough to make that possible. One of the reasons is because of the US strict emissions standards. Diesels are typically a little bit worse on emissions where as on a gas version vehicle with a hybrid system, it's going to really cut down your emissions. Now, even though there are no consumer cars as a working diesel hybrid, there still are several working diesel hybrids on the market, as I mentioned the locomotives, the largest of which is actually NASA's Shuttle Crawler Transporter... requires a crew of twenty five men to operate it with a top speed of one point five miles an hour. However, it's just a step away before we have them in our regular passenger cars. I'm Kyle with Toyota Tampa Bay and that's just a little bit about hybrid diesel cars.

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