New York Times: Hybrid Cars

New York Times: Hybrid Cars Are Catching On

According to the article, Toyota sold more than 20,000 of its Prius gas-electric hybrids last year. With battery-powered cars looking like a dead-end and fuel cells still well too expensive (the article estimates $700,000 today), hybrids look to be the dominant transitional technology for automobiles. One side benefit is that hybrids require sophisticated electronic sensors to monitor the engine and transfer power. Once that infrastructure is built into the car, it can become a platform for other functions.