Hybrid Cars Are the Future

Mary Beth Stanek, GM's director of environment, energy and safety policy dialogues with Abu Dhabi officials about the carmakers plans for the future

Published: 02-Feb-2008

ABU DHABI - Climate change and depleting hydrocarbon resources have become major concerns for car manufacturers across the globe, which have already started coming up with innovative ideas regarding the future fuels of vehicles. Mary Beth Stanek, director of environment, energy and safety policy at General Motors (GM), recently had ‘promising’ meetings with Abu Dhabi officials, regarding the latest GM vehicles running on bio-fuels.

In an exclusive interview to Khaleej Times, she explained what GM is putting on the market and why.

‘At present, 35 per cent of the global energy needs are met by petroleum products. By 2030 the energy demand will increase by 70 per cent,’ said Stanek.


The Small Hybrid Sports Concept is a sports car that features advanced hybrid technology - proving stylish design and driving enjoyment can be combined with low environmental impact. It was designed by Honda R and D Europe, based in Offenbach, Germany.

A UK government challenge to produce a medium/small vehicle with CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km has seen engineering company Ricardo team up with PSA Peugeot Citroen and UK research group QinetiQ to develop an innovative diesel full-hybrid.

Concept car may sport unusual air intakes since 'a hybrid battery needs a lot of cooling.'


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