Auto buyers’ appetite for battery-powered vehicles is helping elevate demand for their evolutionary predecessor, the gas-electric vehicle
Demand for hybrid vehicles is hot, reinforcing the view from Toyota Motor Corp. and other auto makers that the gas-electric approach will play an important role even as the industry races toward fully electric cars.
Both hybrids and electric vehicles have grabbed a bigger slice of the U.S. market over the last two years, as higher gasoline prices and an influx of new models spur demand, dealers and analysts say.
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