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To: Down South P.E.
The equipment cost and weight hurt you more than it helps. Rip the $7,000 batteries (aren't those going to fun to replace in 8 years) (and motor/generators) out of today's hybrids and both (H & T) would get just as good mileage, probably better. Cost per mile would drop big time.
22 posted on 01/09/2002 5:25:25 PM PST by John Jamieson
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To: Everyone
The real reason for this program is get the automakers some federal cash to avoid more big white collar layoffs. It's a welfare project.
25 posted on 01/09/2002 5:28:58 PM PST by John Jamieson
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To: John Jamieson
Maybe a giant Peterbilt "IT" will be the next fad...;^)
27 posted on 01/09/2002 5:30:15 PM PST by Cvengr
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To: John Jamieson
Only 5 good ole lead acid batteries, a small electric motor and a little bit of regenerative breaking. Not a pure EV with a large heavy battery pack. Battery replacement cost was something I addressed in my thesis (it is not practical for pure EV's or medium to large electric to hydrocarbon fuel ratio hybrids).

It is efficient for small hybrids that target specific inefficiencies of our good old combustible engines and drive systems.

41 posted on 01/09/2002 6:24:37 PM PST by Down South P.E.
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