Thursday, January 14, 2010

 

Can Hybrids Save the World?

The short answer is no. Just like all the claims that ethanol will help wean the US off foreign oil, we are bombarded daily with enthusiastic claims that hybrid cars will be instrumental in substantially decreasing oil consumption. Sorry to day, a recent analysis says it just ain’t so. Although hybrid owners may like to flaunt their green credentials, the fuel economy improvement is actually too small to make much of a difference, even on a national scale, and even in the future when there will presumably be many more hybrids on the road.



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