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Lynd 31 (1:25)
Topic(s): Biofuels / Electric & Hybrid / Future Transport
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Well, a dream car that could be realized in the
relatively near future would be a flexible-fuel plug-in hybrid. All right? And
the flexible-fuel piece meant that as gasoline-compatible renewable fuels like
ethanol become available, I could use them, but if I was driving across the
country or something, I wouldn't have to get towed to the next ethanol
filling station if one were not available. So that's awfully handy for
the chicken-and-egg problem of the vehicles and the fuel supply.
The plug-in hybrid would mean that in areas where it is
economically and environmentally beneficial to do so, I could use— for
short trips, I could take power from the grid instead of fossil fuels, and I
would have that degree of flexibility. And the hybrid piece would mean that this car used very
little energy to make it drive, no matter what that energy source was, whether
it was gasoline, whether it was ethanol, or whether it was whatever the power
source for the electricity was. And that's–
I predict you'll be able to buy such vehicles
within 3 years. That's not distant future. And frankly, if we got to the
point that substantial fractions of the vehicle fleet even had any two of those
three characteristics, we would really be moving in the direction we need to