25 Jan '13, 3pm

Right Electric Range For A Plug-In Hybrid: Is Lower Better?

Sometimes I need to travel a bit further for work for a round trip of 120 miles or so. The ideal range for a plug in hybrid would be 125 miles or so under battery power and then use the range extender for longer trips. Its actually doable with the improvements in vehicle weight, better aerodynamic properties of the car, more efficient heaters (as exhibited by the new 2013 Leaf heat pump), better range extender and perhaps efficient enough (30% percent or higher) solar panels and yes better batteries! Putting these factors into play into an optimum configuration and there you go. A manufacturer doesn't have to reinvent the wheel to build a better car. A 2 or 3 fold increase in energy density should be enough.

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