Goodbye to the gasoline engine as we know it? That event has been predicted more than once, but in 2002, the rising prominence of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) in Asia and North America, light-vehicle diesels in Europe and an increasing number of fuel cell development prototypes around the globe converged to signal a growing threat to the dominance of the gasoline engine. Hybrids on the Growth Curve When it went on sale in December 2000, the first hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) in the ...

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