• Vanessa Posted: 4/12/2008 6:47am PDT

    We get to see a lot of hybrid, green cars in the shows but not in the streets. I really would like to know about the percentage of such cars used around the world.

  • john brzoza Posted: 3/27/2008 12:43pm PDT

    You want 100 + MPG read nov.07 fast company magizine

  • Pablo B Posted: 3/26/2008 7:10pm PDT

    The reason no new oil refineries have been built is that oil companies don't see new refineries having a long-term return that is worth building them. They try to blame it all on US regulation, but they don't even build them just south of the US in Mexico.

    Clearly the oil industry doesn't see burning more and more gasoline as a viable bet for their OWN future. In their way, even oil companies understand that gas has a cap in its usefulness and will have to be replaced by some other energy product for them to maintain long-term profitability.

  • Really OLD Auto-Fanatic Posted: 3/26/2008 2:48pm PDT

    AH!, FOR THE WANT OF A BAKER!{electric-auto} that is!.

    Ever get the felling that any of the offerings from abroad ,Euro and Asia, are just lacking ???.

  • Ron Posted: 3/26/2008 7:32am PDT

    1- Instead of building new refineries one could upgrade/replace the current ones. We do not need extra capacity. We need to reduce our consumption,
    2- Same goes for power plants. Replace inefficient ones with newer types. Clean up the emissions there. It is easier to do it on a plant than on a car. you only have one big pipe to look after. How about capturing carbon on that. Forget about nuclear. it is not efficient enough, and has a lot of hidden costs, and does not live up to its promises.
    3- With free market you mean enron, or the californian blackouts?
    4- Free country? Look around you instead of watching television.
    5- I like the market system, but unregulated markets do not work, only in the dreams of some people who call themselves realists.
    6- On one hand we all want to save the world. But on the other hand we want to have it all, and every day. Trying to save the world by yourself does not work. We need collective action => good goverment.

  • John Latusek Posted: 3/26/2008 5:46am PDT

    But while Americans argue among themselves, others are just getting on with doing it. Two UK companies, Modec http://www.modec.co.uk and Smith EV http://www.smithelectricvehicles.com are churning out all-electric vehicles. Not jokey little cars that pootle around at 25mph and look like toys, but highway capable vans and trucks ranging in size from 3.5 tons to 12 tons. Several hundred have taken to UK streets in the past half year alone, in daily use by supermarkets and parcel delivery firms. Smith EV is about to announce the construction of a new US factory as they ramp up production to 10,000 trucks and vans a year by 2010. Meanwhile the first thousand US-specific vehicles will roll out of a factory owned by a sister company in Fresno, California. In the UK a similar number will this year be shipped to customers in Europe, and another new factory is about to be built in order to raise production fivefold.

    Wake up America! The US media treat each appearance of some cute little NEV as a novelty - something amusing to lighten up the news bulletins. Yet two UK companies have found a ready market among hardheaded fleet managers - guys who care about economic viability not just green image. In 3 years or so from now, shiploads of all-electric four-door five-seat sedans from China and India will be offloading at US ports -- and US car workers will wonder why their union leaders were hoodwinked into believing that electric vehicles were a passing craze.

    The current crop of first-wave battery vehicles do look like a novelty - but within a decade even the sternest critic of them will be driving one.

  • Jim Posted: 3/26/2008 1:19am PDT

    The Government has no spine and crumbles to the Special Interest Enviro Groups. No Refineries have been built here in 30 Years, any search for Oil, Natural Gas, Coal, Wind, or Nuclear Proposals all get Blocked and Protested from a few Nutjobs and we stay at a standstill. Government is "Never" the Answer, the Free Market and Private Engineers will work things out. And the great thing is that we live in a Free Country so a Person can choose do drive what he or she chooses to drive!

  • Larry Posted: 3/26/2008 12:40am PDT

    What seems to bug me is that no one, not one of you has even mentioned revising our driving habits. Here in Tampa and in several other cities I have traveled through lately seem to be crying their eyes out about the price of fuel. Yet while on their cell phones they are practicaly burning rubber from stop light to stop light. All one can do is look up at them as they and their giant fuel eaters gulp by. People don't realize that in any vehicle once it goes over 60 mph the fuel consumption starts dropping rapidly. If our government had their heads screwed on right they wouldn't be waiting for the electric autos to get here, they should be planning on developing several ways to increase our electrical sources, through wind, coal, and nuclear plants. Oh and they might want to slow the traffic down on our highways. Just a few little rule changes might just save this country.

  • tom kuchnicki Posted: 3/25/2008 7:55pm PDT

    Hi Jean
    Seems like you are the person from another planet.
    Have you not read anything about the Chevy Volt and it's anticipated 2010 PRODUCTION?
    I believe you must be one of those people who believe that American engineers have no future thought power and are not as smart as engineers from any other place in the world.
    In case you didn't notice both Ford and GM have small cars and trucks with small engines available, but they just don't sell. The problem can be found in your mirror.
    What do you drive?
    How big is your home that you heat and cool/
    Do you have a push mower?
    Do you know that your gas mower spits out more emissions in 1 hour than your car does traveling 1500 miles?
    Do you know how much emissions are emitted from the electrical plat providing electricity for the new electric cars?

  • Jean Barsalou Posted: 3/25/2008 6:56pm PDT

    Ford and GM FROM ANOTHER PLANET?
    Watch out MITSHUBISHI Ford is coming out with big powerfull trucks and GM has a new half car half pick-up vehicule wich will have over 300hp engine!We all know gas is expensive and will continu to increase in price except FORD and GM?