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It's an environmentally-friendly, virtual vehicle that only exists on paper. But proponents say it could be built today with existing technologies.
Designers at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a private science advocacy group, claim the Vanguard could reduce global warming pollution by 40 percent by combining a number of off-the-shelf technologies into one design, something they say the auto industry has been unwilling to do.
"The phase in of the Vanguard technology would, by 2030, reduce over 73 million tons of global warming pollutants from the air," said Spencer Quong, a vehicle engineer at the Union of Concerned Scientists. "It is equivalent to taking 19 million vehicles off the road."