Bredesen Says State Should Buy More Hybrid Vehicles

Spring Hill, Tenn. (AP) -- Governor Bredesen helped launch the first fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle produced in Tennessee Tuesday and says he's considering getting a few for the state.

Bredesen was among a number of state and local officials who test drove the Saturn Vue Green Line Sport Utility Vehicle at General Motor's manufacturing plant in Spring Hill.

GM officials bill the Vue Green Line as the most affordable SUV on the market, with a base price of about $23,000. It's hybrid system is expected to provide 27 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway, which officials say makes it competitive with other hybrid and gasoline vehicles.

The comparable gasoline engine Vue is rated at 22 miles-per-gallon in the city and 27 miles-per-gallon on the highway.

Bredesen says he senses that many Americans would love to buy a car that's fuel efficient, not only because of the price of gasoline, but also to "do the right thing" and help reduce pollution.

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