Electric Hybrids Can Help Cut Oil Use

The next generation of hybrids ramps up the efficiency even further by reintroducing that marvel of technology, the extension cord.

Published: 21-Aug-2006

Like many Americans, I was thrilled to hear President Bush tout hydrogen fuel cells in his January State of the Union address.

At the time, I did not realize this famous "addicted to oil" speech was less an honest commitment to the environment than a bone thrown to Big Oil.

The reason is that implementable hydrogen technology, as promising and clean as it is, remains at least another 20 years down the renewables road. That is another two decades for Exxon Mobil and others to reap massive profit margins and two decades of spiking carbon-dioxide emissions. This, at a time when many climate scientists say we have about 10 years in which to radically mend our carbon-gobbling ways.


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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