Europe Sees the Light Electric
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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