It's been said that with the emergence of electric vehicles, the hybrid may soon be left for dead; we see it a different way. Yes, hybrids may be viewed as a bridge between gasoline-powered vehicles of today and the battery-electric cars of tomorrow, but this figurative bridge spans a gap much longer than the infamous Golden Gate. If you view the auto industry and look at the numerous technologies that have evolved throughout the years, everything could be viewed as a connector to the next great advancement, right?

Hybrids, like most other technological developments, have a given amount of time before something supersedes them. It may one day be the electric vehicle (EV), but we can't be certain yet. Even the electric vehicle may turn out to be a bridge to the next technological marvel that comes to the auto industry. Do we really know where it will all end up 50 years from now? How about 100 years?

Even with EVs coming, hybrids have a long time left. Several automakers have committed to future hybrid products. Lincoln unveiled the MKZ hybrid this year, Toyota promises to double hybrid production next year, Hyundai will introduce its first vehicle in the segment this year, Mercedes will convert all S-Class vehicles over to hybrid technology and don't forget the Chevy Volt, another hybrid (oops! We mean ER-EV). By all appearances, hybrids are far from dead. Maybe they're just blossoming instead. Advancements in the auto industry are connectors to the next technological breakthrough, and we have yet to even get across the gasoline bridge, let alone worry about whether hybrids will fall into the water on the other side.

[Source: HybridCars | Image: Aslakr - C.C. License 2.0

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