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View Diary: Big Electric Trucks Coming Your Way in 2014! (31 comments)

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  •  Minor quibble... (8+ / 0-)

    I don't consider pickups and SUVs "big", but I get your point.  Basically any vehicle driven in start/stop conditions screams out for hybridization, no matter what the size.  That includes many inner city delivery trucks and buses.  And I think it is a bad idea to keep calling a series hybrid like the Volt an electric car--it is only that for 35 miles and then it becomes a car--meaning it is a hybrid.  Calling anything that gets less than 100 miles on a charge an "electric vehicle" is only going to reinforce the perception that electric vehicles are not realistic for most driving scenarios.

    Einstein’s Theory of Relative Stupidity: Anyone who attempts to make George Bush look like a frigging genius, will end up looking like George Bush.

    by quiet in NC on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 03:46:46 PM PST

    •  Get your point, but here's the other side (3+ / 0-)

      I get your point, but the other way to look at the Volt type power trains is the way Lutz describes them, "extended-range electrics," because even when gasoline is being used, it's not running an attached internal combustion engine, but rather is feeding energy to the existing electric engine. Also, the experience of driving an electric vehicle stays the same for the driver even when the electric engine is pulling from the attached gas tank.  So it's still an "electric" vehicle.  

      In addition, any progress in getting people into vehicles that run on electricity is good.  Once a driver goes electric, they want to stay electric, because of the quiet and the great torque.  In any case, the Volt type extended range is a way to get people into electric vehicles on a broad front while we wait for breakthroughs in battery technology.

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