Why hybrids are pointless.

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Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#1 Jun 15, 2010
So because the author saw ONE guy driving a prius fast we should get rid of them all? And while a VW Jetta TDI will equal a hybrid on the highway, since the hybrid drivetrain rarely kicks in, it won't get the same in city mileage. The limiting factor on hybrids now is the batteries. They are both expensive and limited in the amout of power they can store. Whats needed is room temperature superconductors instead of batteries. The author states the electrically powered vehicles are useless as they use electric power from power plant. I am assuming anyone driving an electric
vehicle would want solar cells on the roof to recharge it while its parking, especially in the sunny states. In my opinion, the author is too much of cynic.

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Since: Jun 09

Dallas, TX.

#2 Jun 15, 2010
The internal combustion engine will remain the dominant force for the next several generations.
Truckin

Greencastle, PA

#3 Jun 15, 2010
The hybrid is the best current technology for combined fuel economy.

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Since: Jun 09

Dallas, TX.

#4 Jun 17, 2010
While the hybrid is the best “current” technology for combined fuel technology, the internal combustion engine will remain the workhorse of the world.
Truckin

Greensboro, NC

#5 Jun 17, 2010
The hybrid technology represents a practical approach to combining the proven internal combustion engine with that of a high-torque electric motor to deliver a solution for today's problem, and at a reasonable cost to the consumer.

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Since: Jun 09

Dallas, TX.

#6 Jun 17, 2010
I have to agree.
whatever

Lincolnshire, IL

#7 Jun 17, 2010
Tom Loy wrote:
So because the author saw ONE guy driving a prius fast we should get rid of them all? And while a VW Jetta TDI will equal a hybrid on the highway, since the hybrid drivetrain rarely kicks in, it won't get the same in city mileage. The limiting factor on hybrids now is the batteries. They are both expensive and limited in the amout of power they can store. Whats needed is room temperature superconductors instead of batteries. The author states the electrically powered vehicles are useless as they use electric power from power plant. I am assuming anyone driving an electric
vehicle would want solar cells on the roof to recharge it while its parking, especially in the sunny states. In my opinion, the author is too much of cynic.
http://www.carthrottle.com/why-hybrids-and-el...
I wonder if the author works for an oil company?:-)

Even with a massive hybridization (wonder if that's a word) of cars on the road the U.S. will still be addicted hydrocarbons. Unfortunately we've been addicted to oil for about a century, so the U.S. won't be moving away from it completely for decades to come.

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Since: Jun 09

Dallas, TX.

#8 Jun 17, 2010
We use oil because it makes the most sense. Oil companies have been raked through the coals and unjustly demonized.

I for one have no intention of driving around in a little Europeanized car with a bicycle horn. This is part of the attempt to “chickify” America.
whatever

Lincolnshire, IL

#9 Jun 17, 2010
Yeah, there's no way in way in heck you'll catch me driving a SmartForTwo, Nano or another similar vehicle.
Sarmad Kalamchi

Houghton Le Spring, UK

#10 Aug 26, 2012
Hybrids are pointless. You can obtain 50mpg+ from the latest efficient petrol and diesel engines, and their emissions standards are stringent now. Remember, electricity comes from coal, oil and gas prom power stations and their emissions standards are far lower than those set on car engines, especially here in Europe. Look at EURO V. Driving a small modern European engine sensibly emits less pollutants than ever and bar far less than those oil gas and coal power stations where you get your electricity from. Also don't forget that to produce these modern li-ion batteries used in such hybrid and electric cars are heavily polluting and energy consuming. Lithium Ion production is very polluting to the environment, as is solar power. We're just trying to put a band-aid on something that is inherently broken and needs replacing with a newer system. Don't get me wrong, I think research and development on battery production should continue, but it is not yet ready for the consumer market.

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