By Steve Dent
Nearly a hundred years ago, a deal between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison to make electric cars fell apart because 1914 battery technology wasn’t up to the job. From then on, cars ran almost exclusively on gas, driving us straight into our current global warming mess. Now, Ford has joined companies like Tesla and Chevrolet to finally build electric vehicles en masse. Toyota started the craze with its gas-electric hybrid Prius, while Tesla’s < strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Elon Musk ditched hydrocarbons altogether with the all-electric Model S. Plug-in hybrids, meanwhile, are a shotgun marriage between the two — but Toyota’s plug-in Prius hybrid is drastically differently than Chevy’s Volt. So why all the different technology? Let’s go for a tour of the latest in electric and hybrid car tech.
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