PHOTO CAPTION: Jim Lentz introduces the Toyota FT-CH Concept hybrid.

Towards a Future That Doesn't Guzzle

Hybrid car sales are only a fraction of the market; are we moving way too slow?

Published: 12-Jan-2010

"Within the next 10 to 20 years, we will not only reach peak oil, we will enter a period where demand for all liquid fuels will exceed supply." -- Jim Lentz, TMS president.

DETROIT -- About 98 percent of the vehicles sold in the United States last year were powered by conventional gasoline engines, and hybrids occupied just a tiny niche.

But at the opening Monday of the big Detroit auto show, the internal-combustion engine seemed almost passé.


Toyota Prius with solar panels on roof that provide 165 watts of power per hour, not enough to propel the car more than a couple miles.

Solar Electric Vehicles sells its version of a plug-in Prius, with a solar panel installed, for $25,000.

Solar Millennium's AnderSol-2 solar thermal project in Egypt.

Retrofitting existing power plants is a low-cost option for solar-thermal projects because the steam turbines that are needed come for free.

Professor David Banister

Travel growth in a car-dependent society must be confronted so that people travel less, not more, writes Oxford Professor of Transportation Studies at Oxford University, David Banister.


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