Hybrids: The Next Best Thing

Oct. 22, 2006: Hartford Courant

Summary: For more than 100 years, the electric car has been the car of tomorrow, but never the car of today. Why? The new documentary, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" offers a captivating attempt to answer this question, but falls victim to the usual purist laments that sidetrack public policy. The "inconvenient truth" is that the electric car will never replace the family sedan.

Those who continue to put the electric car on a pedestal are chasing a utopian dream when a promising solution is close at hand: the "plug-in hybrid" car, which recharges at home like an electric car, but also draws power from a gasoline engine.


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