Jan 21st, 2008 by RJ Menezes
The Federal Government used the Detroit Auto Show as a backdrop to unveil it’s plans to funnel $30 million dollars into the development of new hybrid battery technology. This is the first major move in the direction of alternative fuels.
Specifically the U.S. Department of Energy says it is seeking “projects that will find solutions to improving battery performance so vehicles can deliver up to 40 miles of electric range without recharging.”
That would mean a range that could suit up to 70% of the populations daily needs as far as transportation is concerned. This would make it easier for people to adapt to the technology, which is much needed.
The U.S. Department of Energy also laid out a timetable that aims to make plug-in hybrids cost-competitive by 2014 and ready for commercialization by 2016.
Seems we are finally seeing some action in Washington to make our transportation needs not make an impact on our environment.