Green or Just Green with Envy?

Hybrids are cool, but is it because they make others green with envy?

Published: 29-Dec-2004

Who says auto chieftains only care about profits?

Consumers have successfully pushed for a more fuel-efficient automobile. Among major manufacturers, there have been contenders powered by fuel cells, compressed natural gas, electricity, even the sun.

But the impending arrival of the Honda Accord hybrid sedan confirms the early winner is clearly the gasoline-electric drive train. Ford Motor Co. makes the Escape Hybrid SUV, General Motors Corp. will have a hybrid pickup truck soon, Honda Motor Co. has the Insight and Civic compacts and Toyota Motor Co.p. hit gold with the Prius sedan.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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