posted on May, 12 2008 @ 07:19 AM
today's hybrid cars are crutches anyway, they have an IC engine AND an electric one, complete with complicated transmission, carrying the weight of
both engines and the gearbox around... ie. even more polished heavy metal than your usual car.
on top of that, batteries are toxic waste, but that issue could be overcome by stringent recycling.
if they used electric transmission and a well matched, efficient (in that role) combustion engine in conjunction with a moderately sized battery or
condenser package, tangible reductions in weight and therefore, fuel consumption could easily be realised and at a lower cost. note: if anyone jumps
on me for insisting on a combustion engine, i advise you to search ATS for a thread called 'Why the Hydrogen Economy does not Matter'. afaics, the
only alternative is currently pure electric.
the industry wants to sell the bleeding edge, while it's still new and the shiny gloss is blinding buyers. it's about marketing, mostly and
it ticks me off that GW is so successful in that role.
of course, since you probably can't build your own car from scratch, you're out of luck, kinda, and have to take what's there and a hybrid car
might just be the best available solution for you, depending on your requirements, ie. how much you drive and how well you conserve the car and how
long you keep it, etc, but:
keep in mind that one hurricane, tornado, hailstorm or the odd sleepy truck driver is perfectly capable of nulling your entire planning, therefore,
saving reliably from the start is very much preferrable to paying more now and saving in a few years.
PS: if you can, test drive any car to see how much milage it really offers, manipulating mpg ratings is just too tempting, isn't it?