Plug-in Cars May Stop Oil Need

David Sandalow, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, discusses role of electric, plug-in hybrids in helping reduce nation's oil dependence.

Published: 14-Nov-2007

Nuclear power won't end the United States' voracious appetite for oil. Neither will windmills or solar panels. Until we have cars that can plug into the electric grid, Americans will continue to gulp gas, even as prices reach unprecedented heights.

That was the message David Sandalow, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, delivered to a crowd of more than 250 people at the University of Colorado on Monday night.

"If you want to solve the oil-dependence problem, nothing would do more good more quickly than connecting cars to the electric grid — plug-ins are key," said Sandalow, who worked in the White House during the Clinton administration and who now gets better than 120 mpg driving his prototype plug-in hybrid to work.


The Vue Green Line 2-mode Hybrid SUV will be powered by GM's 3.6L V-6 gas engine, with direct injection and variable valve timing, a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and two active cooled permanent magnet motors.

The vehicle utilizes a hybrid power train based on a 1500cc, 3-cylinder turbo charged diesel engine coupled with two high-efficiency permanent-magnet electric motors.

The driver of the Zytek dual-mode diesel hybrid can choose from standard or high regenerative braking and can also select one of three driving styles: Economy, Drive or Sport.


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