Detroit Falls Asleep At The Wheel

David Lazarus thinks US carmakers missing important trend with hybrid-electric vehicles.

Published: 06-Feb-2002

President Bush is pushing for a new breed of cars that run on hydrogen fuel cells, even though the technology for such vehicles does not yet exist and, until it does, the nation will remain captive to Mideast oil interests.

But here's the real kicker: Researchers at the University of California at Davis have already devised a new and improved hybrid vehicle that runs on both gas and electricity -- and nearly doubles average mileage.

However, Detroit so far has rejected the concept, largely for reasons of economic self-interest, so the UC Davis team has been forced to pitch its design overseas. The Japanese and South Koreans are already expressing interest.

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