Camoflaged by its ordinary-looking, 'Clark Kent' exterior lurks a planet-saving vehicle that Lexus claims is the most fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly, greenest, leanest car of its kind.
Think of the Lexus RX400h as an automotive superman. On the outside it’s Clark Kent -- an ordinary-looking SUV, indistinguishable from a raft of Japanese and Korean models. But inside it has the power to save the planet.
At least that’s what the publicity claims. A sheaf of tables and statistics supplied by Lexus -- the luxury offshoot of Toyota -- claims it is the most fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly, greenest, leanest car of its kind.
That’s the kind of thing a motor manufacturer would say, of course. But it is true that some of the industry’s biggest players are staking their future on the hybrid power option that underpins this car. In Tokyo and Detroit, executives are already gearing up their companies to mass-produce hybrids.
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.