Mississippi Field of Hybrid Car Dreams

GreenTech Automotive founder's plans for Tunica County assembly plant leaves community with a fading hope.

Published: 01-Feb-2010

Tunica County -- Here in this Mississippi Delta county, they are waiting for the return of the slender man in the elegant suit -- the one who spoke, in a heavy Chinese accent, of a promise that couldn't have been more welcome or fashionable.

It was the promise of a new green industry, with hundreds of green jobs.

"I heard about it," said Claude Boyd, a 41-year-old farmhand out of work after the winter harvest. "I need it bad. I've got good references."


Azure Dynamics hybrid-electric bus.

Successful completion of tests qualifies shuttle bus for FTA co-funding up to 80%.

Audi Q5 will be offered with hybrid vesion in late 2010.

The cost to develop a hybrid powertrain is 3-4 times greater than that for a standard drivetrain, compared with less than 50 percent greater for a diesel drivetrain.

Victor Wouk, 'Godfather of the Hybrid' poses with 1972 Buick Skylark 'Hybrid'

Developed in 1973, the car got 30 mpg, twice its non-hybrid version, but was cancelled by a new EPA Administrator.


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