Hybrid-Electric Drive Is Key To Fuel Efficiency

World Business Council for Sustainable Development study revealed that greenhouse-gas emissions from transport would treble in the next 50 years, necessitating the 'critical' need for lower emissions and improved fuel efficiency.

Published: 03-Jan-2006

Petrol-electric hybrids are the key to fuel efficiency and planet-saving low emissions for the next 25 years while fuel-cell technology won't be global for another 15 years.

That, at least, is the opinion of Toyota New Zealand managing director Bob Field who was speaking at the local launch of the Toyota Yaris and added that the global car park would more that double in the next few decades as the life of an average car increased to around 20 years.

"You can start to appreciate why we cannot simply wait for the hydrogen solution," he said. "There is no dispute about the long-term solution for sustainable mobility being based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology - the only dispute is the timing


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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