Is this yet another variant to the arguably innovative hybrid technology market? It seems that the ever increasing costs of gasonline are forcing consumers to make a conscious effort to purchase fuel efficient vehicles. Actually, I read recently that fuel prices are at an all-time high. Damn I wish I had access to mass transit right now. I miss it greatly. Anyway, I digress. Make sure you check out Gas Buddy. It lists low gas prices by region as reported by consumers.
It appears that OEMs have become interested in alternative fuel technologies. Hmm. Even GM has figured out that you can sell H2 Hummers in the midst of an impending gas crisis. I believe they are considering a Hummer H3, which will be the size of a Ford Explorer. How funny is that ? Soon Cadillac Escalades will also be miniature too.
In a nutshell, the market dictates what manufacturers deem to be interesting. Apparently, hybrid (gas and electric) powertrains have been on the scene for quite awhile, but consumers did not seem to care at all. When gas prices increased significantly, consumers and industry became very intersted in alternatives to gasoline vehicles.
Actually, I believe biodiesel vehicles is a very realistic substitute for gasoline vehicles. The waste byproducts are readily available at your local fast food resturant. These resturants throw away barrels of waste cooking oils on a daily basis. Why not use these wastes to propel your vehicle?
It certainly beats the prices of gas at $2.50 per gallon.