Originally Posted by learn2turn
I didn't say they were made today. I didn't say I was whole-heartedly advocating them. I just said that the idea may have potential. That's it. Five or ten years from now, a plug-in hybrid with 50-100 miles range on a grid charge might might be a great alternative to a pure gasoline care or a non-chargeable hybrid. That's the only point I was trying to make.
Maybe a different technology will come along that would be better. If we're a good running portion of the electric grid on natural power in 20 years, then batteries for cars might be a good idea. But, suppose some chemist somewhere comes up with a way to convert water and CO2 into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel, e.g., gasoline, diesel, ,ethanol. Then the fill-up-the-tank paradigm might still be the way to go. Who knows. Let the technology advance and see what's best down the road.
As for being stupid, well you could slow down also and save even more.
a plug in car with a range of 50-100 miles was and still an electric car!!! not a hybrid.
there is no hybrid today that doesnt get it electric energy off of braking. It would be stupid not too, also the plugging in is stupid and one of th biggest myths about todays and even yesterday's hybrid. I remember when my dad got a insight as a company car and everyone asking us how much it cost to plug in. lol electric power was achieved by a dual purpose generators/DC Motor located between the petrol engine block and manual transmission.
this was in the year 2000...
also the last electric car was taken back by GM and all of them were crushed, AKA the super fast and sporty GM EV1. I feel bad for the owners who GM would not let buy them out.
plug in cars = purely electric there is no hybrid technology in a car with one power train.
hybrid = cars that arent plugged in and have 2 different power sources usually gas/electirc but literally any number of combinations could be used.
the near future is bicycles and smaller more compact communities, as off right now beside hybrid technology there is no viable and cost effective alternative fuel.
even today's hybrid suck compared to yesterday's econo cars. because we demand PW,PL, Power steering, Ac, heavy more crash resitant frames, our cars weigh more. Weight sucks for fuel economy, and make the car less fun to drive. My race car gets 40mpg on the highway, runs a 14.5 quarter mile, all with out a catylitic converter. Its illegal to run like that yes but if you put it on tailpipe tester it passes the test. It pollutes no more than any car made from the same era even with out a supposelt nessacary Cat converter.