'West Wing' Star Rob Lowe Pushes for Plug-in Hybrids

Can't our powerful Detroit automotive industry be given the message, together with effective incentives, to speed up their conversion to plug-in hybrids?, asked actor Rob Lowe

Published: 15-Jul-2007

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House global warming committee and actor Rob Lowe called for tax incentives for hybrid owners to convert their vehicles to plug-ins.

To tout the effort, the pair tooled around Capitol Hill today in a plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius surrounded by photographers and camera crews.

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., held a hearing to tout his proposal to offer hybrid owners a 35 percent tax break to convert their hybrids to plug-ins.


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Packing 260 hp (191 kW) from the 2.0-liter turbo BioPower engine and a total of 148 kW from its three electric motors, the Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept provides significantly greater torque than its gasoline-only equivalent.

Automotive columnist James R. Healey test drives the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and finds that with the tax credit -- which just got cut in half -- the price difference vanishes.


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