Hybrids Are the 'Past' Already?

Mark Phelan tests three different fuel efficiency technologies and concludes that hybrids are the past. Pictured are first Chrysler 300s to come off of European assembly line. Diesel is offered as an option in Europe on this model, but not in North America.

Published: 21-Aug-2006

I tested the past, present and future of alternative-fuel and high efficiency performance as I cruised Woodward Avenue this week.

The past won, but the future is coming fast.

For four days, I drove a Chrysler 300 large sedan powered by a diesel engine, a gasoline-electric hybrid Saturn Vue compact SUV and a hydrogen-powered Ford Focus FCV fuel-cell compact sedan around metro Detroit, including hours in stop-and-go pre-Dream Cruise traffic.


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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