By 2010, hybrids will account for 2.9 percent of all new car sales, or 506,000 gas-electric vehicles, according to projections by J.D. Power and Associates.
Amid the breathless hype over en-vironmentally friendly technologies at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it seemed at times as if all roads led to a gas-electric hybrid vehicle.
At the prestigious industry event, Ford's new Escape hybrid SUV won the Truck of the Year award. That came a year after the Toyota Prius hybrid won Car of the Year.
The Escape hybrid's award also came less than a year after Ford and General Motors decided to scrub lease programs for another previously well-hyped environmentally friendly mode of transportation, the all-electric vehicle. Known as the EV, it received acclaim at auto shows years ago. But not anymore.
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.