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.

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