Not likely to either. Not for many years. Have you ever driven a Hybrid? They're not exactly rocketships. Pretty much the slowest cars you can buy. If you want a 2 seat hybrid that saves lots of gas, get a Honda Insight. 2 seats, highest mileage in America. Available now.daddyking said:I'm sure if GM wanted to do that they could. Also, add more weight to it if necessary, and the increased cost of the car will be made up in a lot less gas being used. I've never come across a hybrid roadster before.
That is only because current Hybrids have mostly been made from economy cars with the purpose being maximum fuel economy and not performance. However, Honda’s new Accord hybrid is the fasted version of the Accord, as the hybrid motor is teamed to the basically stock Accord V6 instead of a detuned diminutive 4 banger such as in the Prius hybrid. It also incorporates displacement on demand, and gets around 29 MPG city. A V6 hybrid car that is faster than the standard V6 and gets better economy. Now that’s cool (if its really worth the extra $3000).AeroDave said:Not likely to either. Not for many years. Have you ever driven a Hybrid? They're not exactly rocketships. Pretty much the slowest cars you can buy. If you want a 2 seat hybrid that saves lots of gas, get a Honda Insight. 2 seats, highest mileage in America. Available now.
There was also the concept-E Eclipse, although I'm not sure if they ever actually made a working model. Ugly as sin if you ask me, it did have one intriguing design feature: When the hybrid motor was activated, plasma bolts flowed through the headlights and/or tailights (like those found in the decorative round balls that respond to human touch). Performance wise, the hybrid motor boosted the horsepower output to 470.brentil said:Actually speaking of Toyota and hybrids, they supposedly have a hybrid super car in development. It's a concept of course, but they're trying to show the benefits of electric cars for more then just economy.
And I think this is a smart move. Hybrid technology is a band-aid sollution to our energy problems, fuel cells are much closer to being a real solution. I think we are in agreement that electric motors are awsome and should be powering our cars. However the problem with hybrids is batteries. They are heavy, require lots of heavy copper cabeling and are an enviromental desaster waiting to happen. Imagine if most of the world's cars were hybrid, what would we do with all the dead batteries and all the toxins they contain? Obtaining enough materials to build all those batteries wouldn't be easy either.Fformula88 said:As for the Solstice becoming a hybrid… its not going to happen in the near future. GM does not seem to have many plans to make hybrid power trains widely available. They are concentrating on fuel cell R&D and seem to think the future is in that technology.
Solsticeman said:What is really needed is a ultrabatticapacitelectrostorecovery device with a 50% improvement in MJ/kg, with power density approaching a reasonable level of J/kg. That turns out to be the most efficient tank-to-road energy usage
Can't be too much worse than the energy we are wasting right now refining crude oil into gasoline. We can also get Hydrogen from water. Admittedly it takes a lot more energy to break the H2O molecules than we would gain from the resulting hydrogen, but the process is simple and can be done with power generated from wind farms, solar collectors, hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants or even burning fossil fuels. Even if we use fossil fuels, the enviromental advantage would be that the resulting pollution would be centralized and more managable.solsticeman said:fuel cell vehicles still use electricity and electric motors as the propulsion system. Why waste energy converting petroleum products into hydrogen (a very inefficient and cumbersome way to carry energy), just to squirt it into a fuel cell to get electricity? Additionally, why try to do this when hydrogen supply is not clean, it does nothing to reduce carbon emissions, and there's energy wasted in changing states, and development and research is required to figure out how to store it safely and efficiently, as well as figuring out how to economically mass-produce fuel cells, all while the typical fuel cell is only operating at about 55% efficiency?
Hydrogen can be stored as a hydride that is more or less innert and then broken down to base hydrogen only when needed, so the amount of raw hydrogen in your car is minimal. Anyhow that's how I understand the solution to the storage problem. Energy storage is the whole problem with alternative fuels or motive powers.2KWK4U said:... then there's that whole "Hindenberg" drawback to using hydrogen as a fuel. What happens when you get into an accident?