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Right about what?
About hybrids being useless. Read the bloody archive. :P
Where does the article say that the hybrid is useless? This unscientific cynic still got 29MPG - pretty good for an SUV. Of course most of the anti-hybriders foolishly compare real-world hybrid mileage with PAPER non-hybrid mileage. This is foolish because the artificial tests that they do to get what they print on the window and in spec sheets is in some sort of dream world. e.g. The non-hybrid probably gets <20MPG under the same conditions.It's also sort of ridiculous that after all of the fawning about the amazing features of the hybrid system (All of the advantages) he then says:"At present I really do think this hybrid idea is just a case of Toyota and Lexus cashing in on the lunacy of the environmental movement."What a ridiculous conclusion. I think everyone knows that dollar-wise the cost savings on gas isn't likely to pay off the extra cost of getting a hybrid system. Instead hybrid systems usually offer some other advantages, like amazing torque, or next generation slip control, or silent city driving, and so on. They also offer fuel savings - an absolutely uncontestable fact.
"Instead hybrid systems usually offer some other advantages, like amazing torque, or next generation slip control, or silent city driving, and so on. They also offer fuel savings - an absolutely uncontestable fact."Not compared to modern diesels they don't. Amazing torque: electric motors are low-power. They give all the torque they have without needing to rev up, but they don't have that much in absolute numbers.Next generation slip control: will have to wait for the next generation. The RX400h is absolutely useless offroad, because it only has a puny electric motor at the back axle, and there's a delay before it kicks in.Silent city driving: yes, if you spend half your time on the freeway using the petrol engine. You can only drive silently if you have energy stored up. And besides, silent city driving is not at all an advantage.
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