Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles' Lobby Introduces Itself

A coalition of interests wants to show there's a demand for the highly efficient autos to reduce U.S. oil consumption.

Published: 26-Jan-2006

INGTON - Former U.S. national security officials, representatives of electric utilities and a half-dozen cities and others worried about a global oil crunch began trying Tuesday to drum up enough demand for highly efficient "plug-in" hybrid vehicles to persuade automakers to produce them.

Spokesmen for General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. noted that the new technology has a ways to go before it's ready for the assembly lines.

At a news conference, former CIA Director James Woolsey; a top aide to New York Gov. George Pataki; a Texas power company executive and an array of people from nonprofit groups declared plug-ins -- hybrids with large batteries that can be recharged at night -- as the best option for curbing the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

Minnesota in the chase


Hybrid car would plug into house current to recharge battery pack that would allow the average driver to go more than 250 miles on a gallon of gasoline.

Remarks to the president after May 3, 2006 Cabinet meeting.

Excerpted remarks by G.W. Bush from Pennsylvania Congressional Victory Committee Dinner


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