The acceleration Wynne is talking about takes shape in the natural technological progression from hybrids to plug-in hybrids, as well as the political shift from, say, biofuels or hydrogen vehicles in years past to plug-in support today. The change isn't as dramatic as it might look from the outside, Wynne said:
And what about the change in products announced by automakers that obviously trend more toward plug-in vehicles and not so much toward hydrogen fuel cell vehicles? Wynne said that, "There isn't a single manufacturere that isn't looking at electric drive," and some see a different path than others (i.e., fuel cells vs. pure electrics), depending on the company's market strengths. "This is not your father's automotive business any more," he said, "and that's the fun part."I frame [political support] in terms of challenges that we're trying to address, because that's what a Congressman cares about, that's what President Obama cares about, that's what's important to the country. In that context, the electrification of transportation is a stand-alone topic and there are lots of subtopics that are important to educate people about. There's a ton of opportunity here.