They interviewed me on hydrogen fuel cells vs. plug in hybrids. No mystery where I stand.
Today’s hybrid cars either generate electricity using the petrol engine or during braking by using the motor as a generator.
In the future we are likely to see cars with much higher capacity batteries, so they can be plugged in at home overnight.
“I think you’re going see two or three companies introducing the plug-in hybrid by 2010,” said Joseph Romm of the Center for American Progress and previously responsible for clean transportation programmes at the US Department of Energy.
“You take a hybrid, and you put on it a battery capable of taking an electric charge from the grid, and running for maybe 20 to 40 miles in all-electric mode before reverting to be a gasoline-powered vehicle – because most people don’t travel more than 20 or 25 miles a day, and even less so in Europe than the United States.
“The opportunity is you could run most of the time on electricity, and only use gasoline on longer trips,” he said.
“These cars, like all early model cars, will probably be on the expensive side, but I think there will be a great interest in them.”