I see the new Toyota hybrid is on the horizon.
Remember the point of a hybrid, isn't to drive on electric but to use
the energy thrown away during braking to get the car up to speed again,
(Like KERS on an F1 car.) This makes the car as efficient as if it was
running at constant speed. The new car.
Engine 1.8 litre.
Price (est) £25,000.
Power 134 bhp.
0-62 mph 13.7 seconds.
Top Speed EV mode 62 mph.
Top Speed Hybrid mode 112 mph.
Economy 108.6 mpg.
CO2 g/km 59
Further the car does 12.5 miles on electric alone and unlike the Volt
will recharge it's battery every time you brake.
Not only that, but to use the engine's maximum capacity as much as
possible. That includes using the engine to spin up to its most
efficient speed, even when road speed doesn't call for that, and store
the extra inside the batteries. That can be much more efficient than
simply letting the engine run the wheels at less than its best
See http://gm-volt.com/2010/05/05/chevy-volt-will-have-driver-selectable-mountain-mode /
It should do "mountain" mode indefinitely.
I am not sure if the Volt has gasoline engine braking like the Toyota
50 minutes of blurb. The geezer taking questions was not giving any
answers at all. He refused to give any type of energy consumption
figure, (Battery or Petrol usage, "mpg".) though he hinted at not using
the battery to heat or cool the vehicle saying it took more juice to
heat the car than it did to drive it. Sport mode was mentioned and is
obviously the same as maximum output and therefore depleted battery
life. Mountain mode just means that instead of the battery depleting
to 30% before the engine starts, it would deplete to a lesser extent,
making a bit more power available for hill climbing. He refused to be
drawn on how far up a mountain you could go before depletion of the
battery leaves you with just the output of the small engine. To sum
up, he made several suggestions about what might be expected (Typical
sales pitch.) but nothing he could be tied down to. Many hints and no
Thanks for the warning.
I don't think that the Volt is a good solution for my driving needs
compared to my THH.
The Honda hybrids seem to lack sufficient battery power and electric
motors to capture the full advantage of hybrid technology. At least
the Chevy Volt doesn't lack in that regard although it would be nice
to put an electric motor in for the rear wheels.
The Volt has regenerative braking and also has a "mountain" mode that
will recharge the batteries while driving.
That wont help a lot down here in the Texas plains. Maybe if anybody
buys this thing, they ought to tow a horse behind it.
The Volt was originally planed as a nitch vehicle and was going to build
only 30,000 2011 Volts, but has upped the production 45,000 because of the
high number of dealer orders being received.
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