Hybrids versus Electric Cars MIT Technology Review

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Hybrids versus Electric

According to the Wall Street . Honda, Nissan, and Renault are the same arguments against vehicles that General made several years ago to that hybrids would (See “Hybrid or Electric: Car Take Sides ” and “Honda Pursue Plug-in Hybrids .”) The now is that the arguments are right time–at least for some

In the 1990s, U.S. automakers as GM led the development of hybrid-vehicle technology. But GM to drop hybrids in favor of a longer-term technology–hydrogen fuel-cell that hybrids were too and didn’t provide enough benefit to be successful. Then Prius proved GM wrong.

And recently, GM has become a big promoter of technology, especially next-generation hybrids.

Not so Honda, Nissan, and According to the Journal report, Ghosn, the CEO of Renault and Nissan, that hybrids don’t do much to reduce petroleum and pollution, arguing that better to build all-electric that have zero U.S. automakers such as GM the same arguments, although pushed for fuel-cell vehicles, not vehicles. (GM, of course, had a battery-electric vehicle, the EV1, it scrapped.)

Honda currently sells vehicles, but the company’s president and Takeo Fukui, is skeptical of plug-in hybrids. Such would still have electric motors and a gasoline but they could go much on electricity alone than hybrids can. GM has been its Volt concept, which go 40 miles on electricity stored in batteries. For longer trips, a gas would kick on to recharge the providing an additional 600 miles of

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Fukui’s argument is that the gas in the Volt is unnecessary. Presumably, he is that it would be better, and to use batteries alone, or to stick gasoline.

His argument doesn’t sense in the United States, there’s probably not much of a for a car that can only go 40 miles on a But a couple of trends suggest there may indeed be a growing for relatively short-range electric London has a congestion tax on vehicles in the city–and other cities are imposing similar fees–from zero-emission vehicles are exempt. not unlikely that such could evolve to keep vehicles out of city centers Ghosn suggests. Meanwhile, the make it more expensive to gas-powered cars.

Climate-change legislation could make it more expensive to conventional vehicles. As these rise, the people who will the pressure most are those who are unable to afford a car with an engine and an electric motor. For a 40-mile, zero-emission, all-electric could be appealing, especially the fact that (in the United most people drive than 40 miles a day.

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