Auto manufacturers also have emerged as an opponent. They are threatening to block hybrid legislation in Congress because none of the 10 new hybrids that will soon be unleashed on the market meet California's 45-mpg requirement.
Solo drivers in certain hybrid cars may soon enjoy a great commuting perk on California freeways: using a car pool lane to zip to work.
But is it a good idea?
There is growing angst over the hybrid-car pool issue, after a recent study in Virginia where hybrids have clogged the car pool lanes in the suburbs around Washington, D.C., to the point of rendering them useless.
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.