Iacocca: Plug-in hybrids, not hydrogen “the wave of the future”

iacocca.jpgThe most famous former car executive in the world gets it:

U.S. automakers also need to develop plug-in hybrid vehicles to boost fuel economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, he said.

“Plug-in hybrids: that’s the wave of the future, not hydrogen,” Iacocca said.

Proposed plug-in models would use advanced lithium-ion batteries recharged at household outlets to provide extended electric motor driving range before an engine powered by gasoline or other fuel engages.

Toyota this month began testing prototype plug-in Prius hybrids at the University of California’s Irvine and Berkeley campuses. GM has said it wants to sell a version of its Volt plug-in with at least 40 miles (64 kilometers) of battery-only range by as early as 2010.

3 Responses to Iacocca: Plug-in hybrids, not hydrogen “the wave of the future”

  1. Albert says:

    My next vehicle is going to plug-in, whether the car makers like it or not. I just worry how long I’ll have to keep my ten year old car running (on gas). Come on carmakers. I’m waiting.

  2. Malcolm says:

    I agree with Albert
    I drive a 1997 Ford Escort that averages around 35 mile a gallon and will only exchange it once an affordable viable plug in rolls in. I am tired of being destitute to oil rich countries when there is better technology out there. Carmakers need to step up to the plate and deliver.