Wondering how automakers are going to meet federal mandates that nearly double fuel economy standards by 2025? According to a comprehensive list released by Edmunds.com, the oracle of automotive information, we can expect to see at least 43 new hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric vehicles, diesels and fuel-cell electric vehicles between now and the 2015 model year.
The chronological list reads like the beginnings to a science-fiction novel. At the beginning there’s a plug-in hybrid Cadillac. By 2015 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV’s) begin to appear from Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes and Nissan. The moral of the story is we can expect a bum-rush of futurist rides in the very near future. As Edmunds puts it:
“Even if you think you're not really interested in new technologies for improved fuel efficiency, it's likely that a car or truck with some type of electric drive or alternative fuel will wind up on your consideration list the next time you shop for a new vehicle.”
Welcome to the world of tomorrow!