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Hybrid Trucks Roll Into Amarillo

One of GMC's best selling full-size pickup trucks now comes in a hybrid.

The GMC Sierra Hybrid is powered by two electric motors. You can run up to thirty miles an hour using onlHutchison takes step toward run for Texas governory electric power.

The truck also features power saving technology. It allows its V8 engine to operate in its more economical V4 mode for long periods of time.

"It's got a read-out on the gauge that will tell you if you're in 4-cylinder mode or 8-cylinder mode. If your engine is on or off. Because you're not going to be able to notice it," said Craig Eppling, GMC Regional Manager. "You just drive it like a regular truck."

He says the Sierra Hybrid is attractive to farmers because they perform just like regular truck. They have the same hauling capabilities and can tow up to 6,000 lbs.

"Yeah, I think that's were it's all going--in that direction," said Clyde Gunnels, a farmer from Memphis. "And it will save a lot of fuel in a year's time."

These full-size pickup trucks still run with gasoline, but now they require less of it.

"You are able to get a 40 percent improvement in fuel economy and about 25 percent over all," Eppling said.

The trucks debut early next year, but you can catch a sneak preview at the Amarillo Civic Center. But only for a limited time. They will ride away this afternoon with the closing of the Farm and Ranch show.

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