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Towards a Future That Doesn't Guzzle

Hybrid car sales are only a fraction of the market; are we moving way too slow?

Published: 12-Jan-2010

"Within the next 10 to 20 years, we will not only reach peak oil, we will enter a period where demand for all liquid fuels will exceed supply." -- Jim Lentz, TMS president.

DETROIT -- About 98 percent of the vehicles sold in the United States last year were powered by conventional gasoline engines, and hybrids occupied just a tiny niche.

But at the opening Monday of the big Detroit auto show, the internal-combustion engine seemed almost passé.

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