by Michael dEstries
Categories: People, Transport.

While his brother Chad Lowe is busy promoting a new film on eco-awareness and defending the issue of climate change against FOX News, Rob Lowe is taking the battle to the US Government.

Yesterday, the actor testified to lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to ask them to encourage owners of hybrid cars and trucks to add a plug-in feature. With incentives such as tax breaks, Lowe feels that more people would opt for the feature which allows vehicles to cruise for longer periods on electric power alone. The larger batter pack — which is often contained somewhere in the trunk — is then able to be charged at home by “plugging in”. From the article,

“Lowe later appeared at a demonstration in the city where he showed off a Toyota Prius that had been converted. He said, “The first money I ever made and was able to invest, I invested in an alternative energy company going back 25 years. Like a lot of Americans, I’ve been watching as the climate changes and as we are in a war on terror where our oil addiction helps fund people that want to kill us. It’s gotten my attention. “I have been driving this car around and I have to tell you, it did what my mother couldn’t do. It did what my driving instructor couldn’t do – it’s made me a better driver.”

Search giant Google recently initiated a program to convert up to 100 hybrids to plug-in vehicles. The “super mileage” vehicles — in some cases getting over 74mpg — will be used as part of a car-share program for employees. Will the next version of the Prius embrace this idea? We know the Lowes will be in line.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Mr. Know-it-All

    Rob Lowe is now an automotive engineer?! STOP THE MADNESS OH CLUELESS HOLLYWOOD CELEBS!!! THERE IS “NO” FEDERALLY CERTIFIED PLUG-IN HYBRID ON THE MARKET, NOR WILL THERE BE ONE FOR MANY YEARS. MOVE ON TO SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT USE GASOLINE AND THAT YOU CAN REFUEL AT HOME FOR LESS THAN 1/2 THE COST OF GASOLINE
    http://www.civicgx.com
    IT’S MADE IN AMERICA (FOR 10 YEARS NOW!) AND HAS THE HIGHEST FEDERAL SAFETY RATING (5 STARS) DON’T WAIT FOR GM TO MAYBE SOMEDAY MAKE A PLUG-IN HYBRID (FAT CHANCE) ELIMINATE YOUR PETROLEUM ADDICTION TODAY!