Climate Change, Oil Supply Cocerns Forcing Carmakers to Rethink

The boss of US car giant General Motors says the days of petrol engines are numbered, saying oil supply has peaked and the race is on for replacement fuels

Published: 20-Jan-2008

The head of car giant General Motors has publicly warned the switch to biofuels such as ethanol and electric cars is now inevitable and with oil prices at record highs, motorists may soon become familiar with the phrase "peak oil".

It is the theory that more than half the planet's oil reserves have now been used and demand will inevitably outstrip supply, driving prices ever higher.

While some experts reject the theory, arguing the planet still holds enormous reserves of oil and gas, peak oil has won a powerful new backer.


The bikes will make their debut appearance in Ed's new comedy TV show, 'Living with Ed' which broadcasts Sundays at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV.

The scooters top out at a 25mph speed, although the ones on loan to the Sheriff's Department are calibrated to travel no faster than 18mph.

Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.


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