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Hybrid cars are gaining ground in Costa Rica, but they still face hurdles over price

Friday, February 24, 2012

Gasoline-electric hybrid cars first arrived in Costa Rica in 2004, in the form of Toyota’s top-selling Prius.

Electric cars followed in 2009, with the arrival of the Reva from India. In 2011, the local Mitsubishi dealership began selling the i-MiEV, a vehicle that reached Costa Rican markets before the United States, China or the rest of Latin America.

But the vehicles remain too expensive for most Costa Rican residents. If the cars’ popularity keeps growing, however, the government might strengthen efforts to make them more affordable.

Source: Tico Times