In September, Mike Jackson, the CEO of AutoNation, published an opinion piece in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, making a case for plug-in hybrids. (Earlier post.) AutoNation has its headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale. Jackson has also called for ongoing increases in the federal tax on gasoline in an effort to encourage conservation and alter buying patterns. (Earlier post.)
The development of plug-in hybrids could reduce America’s addiction to oil. These new hybrids would offer consumers a 50-mile all-electric range, get the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon, be fully recharged at night and deliver all the performance and comfort of traditional gasoline-powered vehicles without the damaging emissions. We believe Americans will buy these vehicles, which is why we want to sell them.
Next-generation batteries are significantly more powerful and can tolerate discharging and charging much more forgivingly than earlier versions. That opens up the possibility of creating a vehicle that will deliver genuine benefits to consumers and society.—Mike Jackson
The Plug-In Partners campaign, launched in January 2006 by the City of Austin and Austin Energy, has attracted nearly 60 cities and counties, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Baltimore and Phoenix, as well as dozens of environmental, national security organizations, business and utility partners. The coalition is working with its partners to generate "soft" fleet orders to demonstrate the potential market for plug-in hybrid vehicles. It also has begun a nationwide petition drive for individual consumers to express their support and interest in buying a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
AutoNation is a component of the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index and has approximately 27,000 full-time employees and owns and operates 333 new vehicle franchises in 16 states.