NPR Science Friday to Spotlight Plug-In Cars (PHEV)

By dancurranjr On November 20th, 2008

While politicians and economists argue over what should be done to shore up the American auto industry, we’ll take a look at progress towards a plug-in cars. Could the current financial crisis help provide the jolt needed to get electric cars and advanced hybrids into widespread production?

Some industry observers have suggested that energy efficiency conditions be set on any government-financed aid to the automobile industry. Can Detroit automakers do it themselves? Or will smaller, more flexible companies have to innovate and show the bigger companies the way? In this hour, we’ll talk about the technology and politics involved with getting to electric and plug-in hybrid cars. Teachers, find more information about using Science Friday as a classroom resource in the Kids’ Connection.


Sherry Boschert
Vice-president, Plug In America
Author, Plug-In Hybrids: The Cars that Will Recharge America
San Francisco, California

Daniel Sperling
Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy
Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies
Member of the California Air Resources Board, Automotive seat
University of California, Davis
Davis, California

JP Straubel
Chief Technical Officer
Tesla Motors, Inc.
San Carlos, California

Tony Markel
Senior Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, Colorado

The NPR Science Friday Plug-In Cars Website is located here.
You are be able to listen to the show, download the MP3 or subscribe to the podcast!

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