[More after the jump] While supporting his position, he mentions the work of Victor Wouk, who, in the '60s and '70s, had developed what would have been a Buick Skylark hybrid-car prototype. (A gasoline-powered version is pictured.) Unfortunately, despite the prototype meeting the EPA’s tests, the idea was rejected.
“Hybrids are just not a very practical technology for automotive,” said Erik Stork, head of the EPA's Mobile Source Air Pollution Control Program and who had notified Wouk why there would be no more support for the prototype. “That's why it's going nowhere. It certainly wasn't going anywhere then. Even today, it's marginal."
Someone from the current EPA administration better contact Toyota, Honda, General Motors, and Ford before they ramp up their hybrid production.