Lee Iacocca, who used to work for Ford, talked about the American auto
Mr. Iacocca, who was asked to run Chrysler when Chrysler was acquired by
DimalerBenz (oopsie, it was a merger of equals), as well as ran Chrysler
during its recovery from near bankruptcy, talked about about the auto
industry on NPR's Morning Edition this morning. You can hear the audio at
about 10:00 am over the internet
He talked about how the US automakers did not keep up with the needs of the
consumer, like making smaller cars, like the ones sold by Toyota and Honda.
He said that plug-in hybrids will be the next big thing. It makes sense. To
me, this makes sense. We already have the infrastructure, charging the
batteries in the middle of the night, when electrical use is lowest, would
help decrease our dependence on foreign oil, and could improve overall
efficiency. Most trips many people make are short trips. This means that you
can go around from home to the store, pick up the kids at school, and take
them to soccer practice. If you need to pick up your wife after her business
trip, you can pick her up, and if the batteries run low, the engine and
generator will step in. This will help reduce pollution, although coal and
oil power plants produce pollution, and coal, oil and natural gas plants all
I think it will take more than five years to really get going, though.
Anyway, it was an interesting interview.