AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Europeans Miffed US is going with Hybrids

April 21st, 2008 at 1:00pm

As heard on
WWJ Newsradio 950

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Map of EuropeOne of the things I learned at last week’s SAE show is that the Europeans think we’re going the wrong way with hybrids.

The European auto industry is kind of miffed that the United States is not pursuing diesel technology more intently. The Europeans have invested heavily in diesel technology and they would like to see us rely on them as technology partners, instead of relying on the Japanese, who hold the lead with hybrids.

Personally, I think both technologies have merit, depending on the kind of driving you do. If it includes a lot of stop-and-go traffic, hybrids are better. If you don’t do a lot of stop-and-go, diesels are better.

But the bottom line is, the Europeans claim they can do a better job of reducing CO2 with diesels than hybrids can, and do it at a lower cost.

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