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Posted: 9/1/2005 5:27:21 PM EDT
I was just wondering, Given the recent spike in fuel prices. I know the prices have steadliy been on the rise for months and months, do you think the market for hybrid vehicles will increase?

50 miles to the gallon means filling up a few less times per month.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 5:30:32 PM EDT

I just got a Saturn used, and the guy said that they were working with other companies on bringing out a car, van, and suv with hybrid engines for next year.

He also said that they're building an extended version of the Saturn SUV, and said it was a stupid move by corporate 'cause they won't sell any.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 5:33:17 PM EDT
What I don't get is this: Why don't the car companies just build and market a car that runs on ALCOHOL???? Seriously... they make race cars that run on the stuff, so I know they can be built with enough power. And alcohol is renewable.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 5:37:02 PM EDT
I don't know why, But since alcohol is renewable, it makes sense to me.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 5:40:20 PM EDT
I don't know at what price level gas would have to hit for it to be viable. But, everything I have ever read on Hybrid autos (Smart Money, Forbes, etc, etc) says that the cost to benefit ratio is not worth it.
Your better off (money wise) getting a Corolla or Civic than a Prius or Civic Hybrid.

Personally, I would like to see the auto companies look at the F-1 technology that allows the driver to control the power and fuel consumption of the automobile. Say, have setting for city, sport, cruise, etc. If you wana speed, set it performance... If you wana be economical, set it to that. Would be an interesting concept.
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