Detroit Auto Show: Hybrid Vs. Electric Cars

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What cars — and trends — are making their debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show? Paul Eisenstein of The Detroit Bureau says that following a surprisingly strong year for the Big Three, things are looking good for American automakers at this year's show. Meanwhile, this was the first visit to the show by Toyota's CEO, who was in Detroit to promote the Prius. He admitted that his brand has faced a challenging year.

However, the big story is the battle between the hybrid carmakers and the electric carmakers. Eisenstein explains that soon all cars will use some form of hybrid technology, which may be enough to keep electric cars off the streets.

Guests:

Paul Eisenstein

Comments [1]

Paul Scott from Santa Monica

You said, "Eisenstein explains that soon all cars will use some form of hybrid technology, which may be enough to keep electric cars off the streets."

Why in the world would you want to keep EVs off the streets?

EVs use 100% domestic energy.
EVs emit zero pollution.
EVs need virtually no maintenance.
EVs are quiet.

So, please, tell me why you'd prefer to drive a car that:

Uses foreign energy.
Emits pollution that contributes to the deaths of thousands of your fellow citizens every year.
Requires expensive maintenance and parts.
That contributes to the noise that renders our communities less desirable.

Jan. 13 2011 06:55 PM

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