29 Jul '11, 6pm

Everything a hybrid or plug-in by 2025? - Hybrid Cars and Plug-in

Everything a hybrid or plug-in by 2025? - Hybrid Cars and Plug-in

Everything a hybrid or plug-in by 2025? Is the future battery-powered powertrains, or just compact cars? Why does 54.4 mpg mean something more like 37 mpg? At the most recent LA Auto Show, Hyundia North American CEO John Krafcik essentially mocked the hype around plug-in vehicles at the show while debuting the Hyundai Elantra — the kind of car Krafcik claimed was the future of the auto industry. According to Krafcik, even if the government passed 62 mpg by 2025, Hyundai would be able to meet that requirement without much reliance upon batteries. Since 54.4 mpg, rather than 62 mpg by 2025, actually means something more like 37 mpg in terms of EPA window stickers, will batteries be the key to meeting new CAFE requirements by 2025? It seems too early to tell. Compact cars, for instance, should be able to achieve these new CAFE requirements without battery technologies. Larger...

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