In reading Irv Miller's May 24 response to Richard Truett's (May 10) column on hybrid vehicles, I noticed that Miller did not address the real issue regarding the batteries in hybrids. It is fine to say that they last the life of the car, but there will still be a recycling issue at the end of the vehicle's useful life.
The fact that they are warranted to the owner does not address the cost or the method of disposal. Collision damage is another aspect that has not been discussed.
Miller's dismissal of diesel technologies does not consider that in Europe, the oil companies have produced low-sulfur fuels that apparently will require years to be developed for the U.S. market. Particulate trap technologies are in the works as well, but they also require the low-sulfur fuels.
We must continue to develop a variety of ways to reduce fuel consumption across the board, especially in light trucks, for which the hybrid electric seems poorly suited. Diesel technologies should be a real priority of the industry in tandem with the alternatives.
It seems to me that the oil companies are at the forefront of holding up these advances as it obviously does them no good for Americans to get 30 percent better fuel economy. This is not the government's task; people must force these changes by voting with their wallets.