Kudos for environmentalists

Big auto companies are making concerted moves to build electric cars, GM, for example, plans to work together with a big electronics company, South Korea's LG Group to add to the automaker's portfolio of electric cars.  Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. will jointly develop a gas-electric hybrid system for light trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Both announcements came this week and we can expect to hear more developments on this score.

The movement comes because of new fuel economy requirements that require auto makers to double the average miles-per-gallon of their fleets by 2025 to 54.5 miles a gallon. Can't be done without electric cars and more hybrids.

And none of it could be done without the long-term effort by environmentalists to push for the higher fuel standards. For that they they deserve our praise, even if you don't hear that often from this corner.





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