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Greene 15 (1:38)
Topic(s): Electric & Hybrid / Future Transport
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Well, I think the Prius and the Honda Insight (which came
first in the US but second in the world), those are a huge breakthrough in
automotive technology. I think hybrid vehicles are because even in 2002, when
the National Academy looked at fuel economy, they said, "We don't
think the hybrid vehicles can make it in the market. They're just going
to be way too expensive and too complex, and they won't work that well.
People will find that the battery runs down, and the— all of that was
wrong. The Prius and the Insight prove that all of that was wrong- that you can
make an economic hybrid vehicle, that it can perform the way the customer
wants. I think one of the manufacturers said, "No compromise." I
think that's what they delivered, a vehicle with no compromise. It costs
more, but you get more in the fuel savings.
And this has introduced electricity into transportation.
That's what I think is the real breakthrough. Now we have the first, the
beginning of electrified transportation. Electric cars didn't make it.
Battery-powered electric cars didn't make it. Some day they might. I
don't know, but now we have electricity in transportation, and
we're finding the synergies of that. And we're developing better
batteries as a result; we're developing cheaper and better motors and
controllers. So we're developing the technology that I think we're
going to need in the long run, whether we go to hydrogen or whether we go to
plug-in hybrid vehicles, or whether eventually we get to battery electric
vehicles. The hybrid is a key technology in that step forward into the future.