Get the scoop on hybrid cars

Rumour (for now). Basically, the way today’s hybrids work is that the battery is recharged while you drive, from energy normally lost over the course of operating the car.

Fiction. Hybrid batteries are designed to work for the lifetime of the vehicle which is why many manufacturers offer impressive warranties on hybrid-related components.False. The selection is diverse and growing. Some of the most popular, as quoted online at www.kanetix.ca, include compacts, mid-sized and full-sized cars, and SUVs:

• Toyota Prius

• Honda Civic Hybrid

• Toyota Camry Hybrid

• Ford Escape Hybrid

• Toyota Highlander Hybrid

True. While fuel efficiency is a bonus at the pumps, it typically comes at the cost of a slightly more expensive vehicle. The good news here though is you may be eligible to receive a provincial tax rebate or credit (depending on the province) varying from $1,000 to $3,000 if you live in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec or Prince Edward Island.

Not necessarily. After comparing online quotes at www.kanetix.ca, for the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, and the Honda Civic Hybrid, it seems there is no one particular trend when it comes to hybrid insurance rates. Compared to their gas-powered alter-egos, the cost to insure a hybrid vehicle was neither consistently higher nor lower.

-- News Canada