Europe Sees the Light Electric

After having scoffed at battery-powered electric cars, Europeans are now rushing into hybrid and ultra-clean pure electric car technology.

Published: 15-Sep-2009

Frankfurt -- When Japan's automakers rolled out gas-electric hybrids, European manufacturers countered that they had a tried-and-true technology that delivered equally good fuel economy: Diesels.

Diesel cars are about 30 percent more fuel-efficient than gas-powered vehicles, and today's diesels are clean and quiet. At high speeds, they can be more fuel efficient than hybrids.

But after having scoffed at battery-powered electric cars, Europeans are now rushing into hybrid and ultra-clean pure electric car technology because of strict emissions rules coming into force.

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