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Thread: Fuel efficient hybrids?
08-24-2005 11:53 PM #1
Fuel efficient hybrids?
My 1991 Chevy Sprint is alive and still getting > 60 mpg (Canadian). I'd buy a hybrid if it could put out as little pollution - but the fact is that they're untried, unproven and there is nothing signif. better than my Sprint that'll carry my family.
It's about time that they took the Swift/Sprint design and revamped it - droped in a 5 to 10 hp biodiesel/LPG eternal combustion engine and a 30 to 40 hp electric and a SMALL battery pack. That would signif. reduce the weight, battery cost, pollution and fuel consumption.
I don't give a damm about acceleration. I remember VW Beetle and their 35 hp engines. My Sprint had excellent accelleration at 52hp as did Jetta diesels with 48hp. Give me something cleaner and better than what I was driving 10 to 15 years ago!
As long as they make high powered, pocket rockets that pollute I'll never touch a hybrid. You get high cost, unproven battery technology and likely expensive costs when the batteries go - esp. in winters like we have up here.