A new study casts doubt on the savings provided by hybrid cars, but commercial trucks are a different story given the miles driven, longer service life, and lower base mpg.
Opinion: XL Hybrids Continues to Fill the Gap in Elon Musk & President Obama’s All-Electric Vehicle Plans
Bravo to Elon Musk and President Obama. They continue to think big by setting ambitious goals for U.S. vehicle electrification, backed by multi-billion dollar commitments to various all-electric vehicles and charging stations.
"What is lacking, particularly in the US, is a robust public conversation about breaking oil’s monopoly and replacing it with cleaner transportation energy."
These collaborations also help set the stage for the giant leap from research to deployment of driverless cars by addressing two critical issues, either of which could have become significant roadblocks for Google’s driverless aspirations.
The goal is not to deploy too soon. Instead, it is to be prepared to deploy as soon as possible after the technology is deemed ready.
Even as the Obama Doctrine has sought to distance the United States from the Middle East, the gravitational pull of the region's energy resources will keep us mired there for the foreseeable future.
Instead of focusing on energy independence, countries should focus on diversity of supply and substitutability of fuels.