Originally posted by addabox
I have the impression that European manufacturers are less interested in hybrids because they already make diesels that get as good or better mileage (only VW sells them in the US). And because of Europe's stricter controls on sulfur content in diesel and modern engine design they are plenty clean burning as well.
Besides--hybrids only buy a couple extra years worth of petroleum reserves. Even if everybody on the planet drove a hybrid, we'd still run out of gas in about a generation or so. And we'd have a lot of very toxic batteries to dispose of (I've heard that the batteries in hybrids wear out in about eight years).
Diesels, on the other hand, can be very easily converted into biodiesels, ensuring a steady, clean-burning, renewable energy source forever.
Furthermore, hybrids cost about $8000 more than a normal gasoline car, whereas diesels cost the same as a normal car. Working class families couldn't afford to switch over to hybrids, but they could afford to switch over to biodiesel.
The moral of the story? Hybrids are a stop-gap, not a real solution, in my opinion. Biodiesel is.