Prices at the pump are falling, but that hasn't slowed production plans for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Despite the fact that sales of SUV and crossover utility vehicles are up 11.9 percent this year, while gas-electric hybrid sales are down 15 percent, according to the research firm Autodata, automakers are gearing up for greater electric, fuel-cell and hybrid vehicle production.
BMW has just announced it plans to sell a plug-in hybrid version of every major model in its lineup. Daimler is investing 100 million euros to expand battery production for electric vehicles. Toyota will soon begin sales in Japan of the Mirai, a hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle.