24 Jan '15, 3pm

Interest in hybrid, electric vehicles declines while gas prices fall - ^AS

Re: Interest in hybrid, electric vehicles declines while gas prices fall I have to admit its hard to make the math work to justify hybrid or even turbo-diesel at today's gasoline prices. Still, I would buy a hybrid just because I like the idea of no serpentine belt to run alternator, coolant pump, HVAC compressor, and power-steering. It's so much more elegant to have the accessories powered electrically. And this can be done efficiently if we have a nice PM motor/generator rather than an inefficient field-coil alternator. Then we can get rid of the starter motor also. I love Honda's 1-motor hybrid system for its simplicity and low cost. What a pity that Honda doesn't believe it will sell here.

Full article: http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51427

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