|A Tesla Model S tucked in and plugged in for the night.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
Bill Vlasic's report on "as raft of electric and hybrid models" at the annual Detroit auto show stood out for a number of reasons.
Vlasic, who was writing for The New York Times, is one of the few reporters to focus on the showing of green cars instead of the latest, gas-guzzling performance model.
He also doesn't indulge in the usual negatives, such as higher prices for EVs, limited range and other perceived weaknesses.
"With increases in federal fuel-economy standards looming in 2017, car companies are hustling to bring out hybrid and electric models to help them meet the new rules -- even though electrified vehicles make up only 2 percent of overall sales," Vlasic wrote on Jan. 11 from the North American International Auto Show.
The 2017 standard is a corporate average fleet economy of 37 mpg and in 2025, that average will go up to 54.5 mpg.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles introduced "a plug-in hybrid-electric version" of its new minivan model with an old name, the Pacifica.
The Pacifica joined new electrified models introduced by Ford, General Motors and Toyota.
However, Vlasic, like many other reporters, doesn't discuss the environmental benefits of EVs, plug-in and other green cars, and their role in slowing climate change.
|The all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt was shown at the Detroit auto show.|