Choices: Hybrid, Hydrogen, or Electric Car?

The Telegraph's Richard Bremner briefly examines the pros and cons of each and concludes diesels will be around for many decades to come.

Published: 23-Jun-2009

cade ago, buying a hybrid was a lonely business. There were only two to choose from – the original Honda Insight and the gawkily styled 1997 Mark I Prius – and both attracted small numbers of buyers.

Honda was first to market, just, with its eccentric two-seater Insight, but it was Toyota and Hollywood A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Roberts who got hybrids established with the second-generation Prius.

But while a hybrid might emit significantly less CO2 than a car of comparable size, it’s a long way from emitting no carbon dioxide at all, which is why they are merely stepping stones towards the truly zero-emission car.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Overall, the subsidy works out to a little over 20 per cent, which means a saving of Rs 4,000-7,890. Pictured is Hero Advanta electric scooter.

Dan Neil reports on the Think city electric car destined for sale in Southern California.


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