Detroit Rides Green, But Fuel Efficiency Drives Sales
A lack of infrastructure is another limiting factor, whether it’s the recharging stations and electricity transmission needed for electric vehicles, or the additional storage and distribution networks needed for other alternate fuels.
Though critical, that is not the job of automakers. "Our goal is to develop automobiles,” says AAM spokesman Charles Territo, adding that automakers already spend $80 billion on research and development.
While start-up electric automakers like Tesla and new offerings like the Volt and Leaf grab headlines, Territo says greening the nation is about much more than that.
“There is no one silver bullet that will drive our goals in energy security and (controlling) greenhouse gas emissions,” he says. “It’ll take diverse technologies and it’ll take time.”