California Air Rules Key in Hybrid, Fuel Cell Debate

Carmakers see hybrids as intrerim to fuel cell vehicles.

Published: 28-Feb-2003

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Even as it showcases a fleet of pollution-free vehicles for California, the world's largest automaker is simultaneously fighting the state's strict air quality and fuel efficiency standards.

General Motors Corp.'s behavior might seem contradictory at first blush, but it fits in with the company's philosophy that reducing fossil-fuel emissions depends on technological revolution - not evolution.

GM and several other automakers oppose regulations that essentially support an increased reliance on hybrid gas-electric vehicles, arguing that attention and money will be diverted from the development of cars powered by fuel cells, which run on hydrogen and only emit water.

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