Hu?Interesting piece, but obviously anti-GM (American) and pro-Japan. The early clue is "to offset the gas guzzlers of GM". Well, most GM passenger cars get 30 mpg (exclude specialty cars like Corvette and the new Camero). GM trucks are gas guzzlers. The article neglected to mention that the hybrid technology developed for the wonderful Prius was discovered in a joint venture between GM and Toyota.
As IEEE put it: "people who tilt their roofs with photovoltaic cells, (and) live underground in hobbit holes to conserve energy...make up a significant portion of IEEE readership". IEEE apparently writes what those kind of reader like to consume.
Found a few articles that pointed to the possibility of a GM badged Prius (and repeated denials) and some wording that talked about GM and Toyota working together on "technology" (no surprise with Te Nummi joint venture) but never said anything about the "Technology" being hybrids. Nummi has never produced any hybrids.. . . .The article neglected to mention that the hybrid technology developed for the wonderful Prius was discovered in a joint venture between GM and Toyota. . . . . .
It's really more than just a "symbol". It's an actual effort to try something different. How is this wrong?But as it stands now, the small hybrids are just symbols of the environmental wackos that claim to be better people just because they drive them...
True. The goal in the case of the Prius being to operate cleaner than "conventional" cars. It's a relatively modest goal. Is it mere symbolism, or is it a baby step in the way of progress? Considering that it was intended to operate without support other than the existing infrastructure (no charging stations, use conventional auto fuel) one could argue that it's a step in the right direction.What a lot of people don't get, is that trying something different that does not accomplish your goal is not much more than just a symbol.
And it DOES use less fuel. We sometimes see a good honest 50 mpg. This is not intended to be an argument of, say, diesel vs gas. They all have their merits, they all have their drawbacks. It's just one of several possible choices.The Prius pollutes less simply because it uses less fuel..
Actually, it does. Take freeway conditions in California, for example. It can take 2 hours to drive 30 miles, and a lot of that time is spent just sitting there. One can burn fuel in an idle waiting, or one can shut down during that wait time. In most cars, your MPG mileage goes down in those conditions. In the Prius, MPG goes UP, until some plateau is reached.It doesn't really matter when it uses the fuel, idling or driving.
True, if one is only measuring against actual miles driven, vs fuel consumed. But remember, a hybrid is merely built to not consume fuel when stopped. THAT'S ALL it's intended to do. It somewhat misses the boat for those who do lots of highway driving, although it still does better than conventional cars (40 mpg highway). But it was really intended as a metropolitan commuter car where there is lots of stop and go traffic.So, a lighter car with a traditional gas engine that gets the same or better overall gas mileage also pollutes less.