Carmakers On a Green Streak

This year, it's hybrids galore, large and small including the BMW X-3 Active Hybrid similar to that depicted below.

Published: 14-Jan-2006

OIT -- The automotive universe is expanding in all directions, particularly on the technology front.

That's the message from the Detroit show, where technical innovations span the gamut from the diminutive Subaru RE1 electric mini-car to the massive tri-fuelled Ford Super Chief.

By far the most prevalent technological direction, however, is the move toward more hybrid-electric vehicles — small and large.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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