Very interesting article about this flawed concept in Autocar this week
including owner's views. Far too long to quote here - it's several pages -
and it's not on the website. So anyone interested will just have to buy
*Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional *
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
'Any' battery that needs charging, unless charged environmentally
friendlylyly simply moves the pollution / problem elsewhere .. hence
A hydrid car that only charges it's batteries via energy initially
input from an IC engine (that should cover the 'regen braking' fans)
is an IC engined powered car. If it's charged from the 'mains' (in the
UK) then it's a gas / oil powered car ..
I own several (pure) electric vehicles and they are certianly not the
solution to the problem. Hybrid'ing simply increases the range /
performance it does not provide a solution (even with a 'synergy
drive' <lol>) or hasn't yet (when hybrids can do many more mpg than
many 'stock' cars today then we might be getting somewhere).
All the best ..
T i m
p.s. How warm do you have to keep the garage for your hybrid /
electric car in the winter (to reduce cold battery capacity loss ..)
and where does that heating energy come from? ;-)
AIUI the point is that it is (or can be) a more efficient IC engine
powered car since the IC engine can always be run under the most fuel
efficient conditions instead of being geared to the road wheels.
Yet, and that they do. The hybrid is regarded as a stop-gap before fuel
cells come in. Battery technology have leaped and some Prius cars with
larger battery packs are getting 130mpg. So, this may push the fuel cell
cars back further. Then put on a super smooth and quiet Stirling engine
instead of the IC and matters are even better. The best is yet to come.
I think this 130mpg figure comes from "charge batteries (from mains or
engine), drive 130 miles, see that you have used 1 gallon of fuel,
assume this means 130mpg". What you have actually done is 130
miles-per-(gallon of petrol plus whatever was used to charge the
batteries). Not the same.
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