By DEXTER FORD
Published: May 6, 2010
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
TO many people, the notion of living without oil − at
least the various forms of oil sloshing around in their cars
and S.U.V.´s − is a scratchy−shirt, nuts−and−twigs
kind of idea. But with electric vehicles of various degrees −
pure battery, hybrids and plug−in hybrids − on the
way from major automakers, more drivers will be finding out how
scratchy that shirt might be.
As the wide variety of designs poised for delivery indicates,
there is no general agreement bouncing through the drivosphere
over which technology will be the one to deliver us onto a
squeaky−clean, chirping−bird Electric Avenue. For many,
myself included, the answer seems simple. Plug−in hybrids
are here − well, almost − now.