What Will You Drive in the Future?

A promising study by the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif., highlights a plug-in hybrid and categorizes the size of the battery to reflect how far it will travel after an overnight charge.

Published: 10-Jan-2008

You head out of your Milwaukee solar house and to your hydrogen car. You depart in a car so intelligent and quiet that you can catch up on your reading. This scene is pure fantasy, but its leap into the future, with new types of propulsion, may be arriving sooner than you think.

However, hydrogen is not likely to be the next automotive fuel, and corn-based ethanol may be only a passing phase. Rather, the next-generation automobile commonly used by commuters will likely be a plug-in hybrid electric.

This is in contrast to the dreams of those promoting 100% sustainable energy utilization. Wisconsin, in particular with its lack of fossil fuels, would benefit from such a development. That is, sustainable development aims to make all human activity so energy and resource efficient that the activity can go on indefinitely.


Earth Policy Institute's Lester Brown offers another way to fuel the cars of the future that doesn't require a switch to natural gas.

Despite Toyota's disapproval of the $500 deposit on future plug-in Prius, one dealer plans to continue accepting them.

Chrysler circulating plug-in hybrid prototypes to dealers more advanced than earlier models. Pictured is the Chrysler EcoVoyager, in one of a trio of electric-drive concept vehicles it debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.


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