Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:49:51 PM
EVs, plug-in hybrids and range-extending hybrids are great on paper, but the tech just isn't there yet. Maybe in 10 years, but not right now.
There`s a prototype EV Mercedes knocking about. It`s comparable on paper with existing ICE Mercedes - a roomy, comfortable sports saloon - but accelerates harder at low speeds. They intend to put it into production.
Great, just the job, right?
The battery is 7 feet long and 3 feet wide, and that`s state of the art, no expense spared. Talking of expense - they`re not. It`s not going to be cheap, that`s for sure. And you`ll get maybe 200 miles from it as long as you drive carefully. Which makes the acceleration irrelevant. Put your foot down and you`ll be out of juice very quickly.
Or how about the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid? A brilliant idea, with mental amounts of power. 800hp, 1200ft-lbs torque and that`s without using the 2 turbines for motive power. Just the other 4 engines. And it can`t be built.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:38:08 PM
So...say I've got a plug-in hybrid with an ICE that does 40mpg, a little electric motor good for up to 50mph and a battery that holds enough charge for 50 miles (if you don`t go over 50mph).
Day 1-5: Drive 10 miles to work, 10 miles back. All urban, don`t go over 50mph, so all on the electric. Recharge overnight (won`t take long for relatively little charge).
Day 6: Stuff to do in town, shopping and suchlike. 30 miles, all urban, all under 50mph, all on electric.
Day 7: Go somewhere else, doing 40 miles on the electric motor and 80 miles on the ICE.
So...I`ve used 2 gallons and travelled 250 miles. That`s 125mpg!
Except that it isn`t really.
But if that describes how you use a car, a plug-in hybrid does make sense. Or it would, if it wasn`t for the fact that they`re expensive to buy, expensive to run (battery replacement costs) and are only cheaper because of vast differences in taxation that only exist while EVs are very ra
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 2:53:53 PM
Anything that only uses fuel part time is bound to get insane mpg but it's like bragging about how lazy you are at something. We are not impressed. When a full time fuel car can do the same I will be officially impressed by it. But using electric as a crutch to gain a good mpg is not impressive by any means.
I still will not buy ford anything. The mustang I owned made me never want another ford car and it is supposed to be their flagship in the car lineup. I have had great experiences with both chevy and plymouth cars and would buy either again in the future.