Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hybrid High Times

High oil prices fuel development of new hybrid batteries

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General Motors announced on June 3 that it would offer consumers by late 2010 its Chevrolet Volt.

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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. — Rising oil and gasoline prices have put spring into the steps of the engineers at General Electric's global research headquarters, who're developing new battery technologies to power everything from hybrid cars to tugboats, city buses and diesel locomotives.

"The price of gasoline is going up dramatically, so we're looking more seriously at this," said Robert King, a senior hybrid engineer who's researched hybrid technologies for more than three decades. "The cost is still one challenge, but I think as we see the price of gasoline going up, more effort is going into the development of technology."

The silver lining in high oil prices is that they may hasten the arrival of energy alternatives that should bring a number of benefits.

Oil historian Daniel Yergin calls today's high prices a "tipping point" that will lead to alternatives to oil. New battery technologies could leave the United States less reliant on foreign oil while reducing harmful carbon dioxide emissions.

Sound like a pipe dream? General Motors' chairman and chief executive officer, Rick Wagoner, announced Tuesday that his board has given the green light to begin manufacturing the Chevy Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle.

“The Chevy Volt is a go. We believe this is the biggest step yet in our industry’s move away from our historic, virtually complete reliance on petroleum to power vehicles,” Wagoner said in a statement, pledging to get the Volt into dealerships by late 2010.

@ McClatchy

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The wheels of Science are turning, albeit very slowly. The writing is on the wall and I have been noticing GE has been taking steps to be included in the race to discover alternative sources of power to drive America into the 21st Century.

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6 comments:

DEN said...

Early ride this AM into the hills, coffee pot is stoked in the corner, day olds on the side.

Dig in!

Hajji said...

700 miles yesterday on about 30gallons of reg/unleaded.

$3.68 here...$3.78 in Lexington,KY.

...all just to pick up a tiny, little horse for Jill's birthday.

Duncan has already stolen Jill's heart...Pabla's PISSED...(but also strangely attracted to her little cousin.

Brace yourself, little gelding...you're about to be spoiled ROTTEN!

-T

David B. Benson said...

Did Iowa have levies? None in Ames...

David B. Benson said...

Happy Father's Day to fathers!

David B. Benson said...

U.N. climate deal said "daunting" as Bonn talks end

When, oh when, will actual progress occur?

Jeanne said...

Who can afford this new car? And did you hear that the CEOs are making record salaries? It's going to be fun watching their lives spin with the rest of the economy. If they aren't performing for the stock owners they are history. I think everybody is going to be a little wiser when all is said and done...about as wise as the old folks I know...the ones who went through the depression and WWII. Most of the older people I know HATE BUSH!