Friday night topic: Are hybrid cars all hype?

Hybrid cars sound like a great idea. They augment a gas engine with electric motors, allowing owners to fill 'er up at the pump like a regular car, but promising cleaner emissions and better fuel mileage. However, hybrids cost more to buy, may cost more to own, and don't often deliver the kind of mileage advertised, in part because the EPA mileage test is inaccurate. Are cars based on current hybrid tech really worth the money? What are the future prospects for this technology? Discuss.
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