Going Hybrid Will Save You Big Money

By Brandi Devine

February 10, 2012 Updated Feb 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With gas prices on the rise and growing, drivers are looking for cheaper ways to get from point A to point B.

"I love my Prius. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world," says Prius owner, Patricia Foreman.

Its quiet start is just one advantage to going hybrid.

"Fuel economy being number one, safety and reliability," says Sean Mills with Gault Toyota.

That's what customers are looking for with gas prices rising through the roof.

"This is the regular traditional gas engine, and this is the electric motor so it has the two of them," says Michael Corey with Jack Sherman Toyota.

A computer inside the car determines the switch.

When the battery gets low, the Prius seamlessly switches to the regular gas engine.

As you're driving, every time you hit the brakes, the car uses that energy to charge the battery.

"Toyota has some new models coming out this year. We have a new Prius V. The V stands for versatile. It's a hybrid wagon. It's extremely versatile. This one is already spoken for, as soon as it leaves the mall it's going to be picked up by a customer," says Corey.

People can expect to see more hybrid cars in the future.

There's talk of SUVs and Pick up trucks.

"We're American, we're kind of free spirits and we like to be able to drive our vehicles, definitely the hybrid having the best of both worlds is the way of the future," says Mills.

It's a way of the future that is coming on fast and strong.

The car show at the Oakdale Mall runs through Tuesday, February 14th. But if you're looking for hybrid, you may want to hurry.

Local dealers say they're moving fast.