Victor Wouk built a working hybrid car with low emissions in 1972. It was killed by the so-called Environmental Protection Agency. They had promised to buy 350 of the cars if they met performance specifications. Once the car passed their tests, they reneged on the deal. This was just one year before the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, and right at the peak of U.S. oil production. This would have been the perfect catalyst to begin to reduce U.S. oil consumption, and keep it in line with falling production. The entire American entanglement with, and dependence on, the Middle East could have been avoided. GM, Ford, and Chrysler would most likely have been the ones leading the charge with the best technology, instead of Toyota and Honda. Instead, the U.S. has spent the 35 years since, perfecting the “art” of building gas-guzzling, pollutant-spewing road-mastodons.
Read his obituary, and weep.