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I never understood the point of a "Hybrid" car. You pay a ton of extra money to get a partially electric powered car and then you STILL have to buy gasoline anyway because it runs on both. What a waste of time and money. If I WAS going to spend a ton of money buying a car with an alternate fuel source, I might as well go with 100% electric. Why would ANYONE bother with a "Hybrid"?
13 posted on 03/14/2012 10:59:06 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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See, I have EXACTLY the opposite pov. A fully electric car (at this point in time) does not have the "range" that most people need in their lives. So, why buy a battery car that you have to plug in so you can go 30-40 miles when you can buy a hybrid that has a battery that has a longer range, and you don't have to worry about getting stuck on the side of the road, because if the battery runs out, you have a gas engine back-up.

At least that is how I look at it.

16 posted on 03/14/2012 11:08:48 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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I never understood the point of a "Hybrid" car. You pay a ton of extra money to get a partially electric powered car and then you STILL have to buy gasoline anyway because it runs on both. What a waste of time and money. If I WAS going to spend a ton of money buying a car with an alternate fuel source, I might as well go with 100% electric. Why would ANYONE bother with a "Hybrid"?
See, I have EXACTLY the opposite pov. A fully electric car (at this point in time) does not have the "range" that most people need in their lives. So, why buy a battery car that you have to plug in so you can go 30-40 miles when you can buy a hybrid that has a battery that has a longer range, and you don't have to worry about getting stuck on the side of the road, because if the battery runs out, you have a gas engine back-up. At least that is how I look at it.

16 posted on March 14, 2012 2:08:48 PM EDT by LibertarianLiz

You are much more right than wrong.
I would love a small hybrid to buy.

But only if it was a diesel/electric hybrid.

4 posted on March 14, 2012 1:38:19 PM EDT by Elderberry [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse]

Exactly; you need an internal combustion engine to get any kind of range for your vehicle, and if you are going to have the electric part of the hybrid, then the I.C. engine part of the hybrid might as well be selected for efficiency without regard to drivability concerns which the electric part of the hybrid is so well suited to handle.

But there is a third, and even a fourth, option: compressed natural gas fuel with gasoline backup for extended (read, normal range capability.

The fourth option would be very expensive in capital cost, whereas probably the third option would be the most economical, when fuel cost and capital cost of the vehicle are all considered.

38 posted on 03/14/2012 4:50:52 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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