The North American International Auto Show is going on now in Detroit. The Auto Show began on January 11 and will run through January 25. Automakers from around the world are debuting new lines of vehicles, many of which feature greater fuel economy.
Hybrids are not a new concept to the automotive industry, there are many models already using hybrid technology. It's the electric hybrids that are gaining market potential. Electric vehicles run primarily on electricity with fuel backup. Some prototypes suggest 70 - 120 mpg is possible and with 78%* of the population commuting less than 40 miles per day, this could be a viable solution for many urban dwellers. Just imagine the habit of coming home to plug in your vehicle to charge and never having to visit a gas pump again!
There are some automakers that are already on the forefront of this technology. Chevy will release it's Volt in 2010. Teslar Motors already has a waiting list for its sport-like looking electric vehicle.
The 2009 Detroit show just may be remembered as the event where green cars officially went mainstream.
*Source: US Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Omnibus Household Survey. For additional information, read how GM used this data in designing the Chevy Volt.