You may be wondering why the UNU Media Studio is blogging about the Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Well, yesterday morning on the way into work, we discovered this car sitting on the front court of the UNU. The car is still in development and wont be on the market until 2010.
A senior engineer from Toyota was in the UNU giving a presentation on the vehicle and I have to say I was impressed. Plug-in hybrids will offer better mileage and will help reduce CO2. If the main forms of electricity production in your country are renewable, then the potential CO2 reductions are even greater. Also, if more and more countries switch to a mix of biofuels and oil, then that means further CO2 reductions!
Here in the UNU Media Studio, as blogged earlier, we are focusing this year on the links between Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Security and it is innovations like the Prius Plug-in Hybrid that will help overcome this problems – we hope.
And if you like the plug-in hybrid, then you may find the video below interesting. In it, the Brookings Institution expert David Sandalow demonstrates his plug in hybrid electric car and talks about his book, Freedom from Oil.