Re: talks of up to 56 mpg mandate for autos in the future..
The government needs to stay the fuck out of this. They seem to forget that raising the MPG standards, is going to result in people using less fuel. Less fuel means oil prices are higher. These high MPG cars, aren't going to be cheap, so higher vehicle prices. But you won't need to fill up as much..which means less money coming in from the fuel taxes, which means less money for road maintenance. That is why they are already talking about taxing drivers for every mile they drive. Which is also fucking crazy.
Hybrids are a temporary thing. Short Term Solution to this MPG & emission thing is Diesel and hybrids. Long term, I truly believe Hydrogen and Propane/Natural Gas is the way to go Can fill up just like we do now, it burns clean, and they can have the same power output as a gas powered engine. Electric just isn't an option. Until batteries can last a good number of years and you can charge them up in 5 minutes or less, they will not be practical.
And a cool fun fact for the day: Ford's F-Series Super Duty's (250 and up) will have a Hybrid option for the gas and diesels starting in 2013. I think it could work there. They example they provided is Contractors and such who always have the vehicles running. It will knock it down to electric power when they are idling around or just running around the job site. Almost seems less like a Hybrid and more like an advanced start-stop system.
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