Word has it that Toyota will unveil 2 plug-in hybrid prototypes at the Tokyo Auto Show soon. That will mean that GM, Volvo, Volkswagen, and Toyota all will have unveiled plug-in hybrid concepts this year, and Ford has said it will test some plug-in hybrid Escape conversions.
I've updated my overview of all the studies that I could find on well-to-wheels emissions that compare plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles with gas cars, hybrids, or hydrogen fuel-cell cars. There now are more than 40 studies and analyses showing that plugging in is cleaner. See http://www.sherryboschert.com/Downloads/Emissions.pdf
I'll be talking, showing slides, and signing books at the following events. Please spread the word. Hope to see some of you there!
Monday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Sunset Branch of the San Francisco Public Library, 1305 18th Ave. at Irving Street: http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/librarylocations/branches/sunset.htm
Sunday, November 4, 11:00 a.m., with the Humanist Community of Palo Alto (Calif.), in the Community Center at Mitchell Park, 3800 Middlefield Rd. between Meadow and Charleston:
Tuesday, December 4, 10:00-11:30 a.m. at EVS23, the International Electric Vehicle Symposium, which runs Dec. 2-5 at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. This is the key annual gathering of all things related to electric vehicles: http://www.electricdrive.org/evs23/
Sherry Boschert, author
Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars That Will Recharge America
(New Society Publishers)