You may have noticed an interesting thing – which is that hybrids are, like MacArthur, slowly fading away. You don’t see them advertised as much – and they’’re not being built as much. Only a few new hybrids have come out over the past couple of years and it looks like fewer are coming. The 2021 Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are not available in hybrid configuration.
They were in 2020.
This is odd – if one assumes the point is to reduce “emissions” and increase MPGs. Hybrids excel at both.
They solve the supposed problem.
Their partially running gas-burning engines automatically “emit” half or less the putatively harmful stuff at issue because they aren’t running half the time. And they weren’t “emitting” much to start with – because a hybrid’s engine is a smaller engine than would otherwise be needed to propel the car, the battery and electric motor doing much of the heavy lifting.
The typical hybrid’s mileage, meanwhile, is nearly double that of the current non-hybrid average – in the 50s vs. the 30s.
The problem, of course, is just that. Hybrids solve the supposed problem – and they do so without limiting mobility and worst of all, affordably.
And that’s the point – or rather, the real problem.
A Prius C cost just over $21k brand new and for that you got a car that could travel more than 400 miles on 9 gallons of gas that didn’t need to stop for more than about 5 minutes in order to be ready to travel another 400 miles.
Contrast that with a Nissan Leaf electric car that costs $31,000 new – and goes 150 miles before you have to stop and wait at least 30-45 minutes before you can go another 150 miles.
A Chevy Volt could travel 1,000 miles- or even more – without burning any gas at all. It was capable of driving 50 miles on a charge – which meant that so long as you didn’t exceed its range on the batteries, the gas engine never came on at all. Many owners reported going months without refilling, necessitating fuel stabilizer to keep the gas in the tank from going bad.
And if you exceeded the car’s electric-side range, you didn’t have to stop. The gas engine kicked on and you kept on going, stopping (if you needed to) only long enough to put a few gallons into the tank.
You could recharge whenever it was convenient.
But this created a problem which hybrids were never meant to solve. It was hoped that ever-tightening fuel efficiency and emissions standards would make it functionally or economically impossible to continue selling – or buying – cars at all. If this sounds conspiratorial or a bit much, consider what’s going on right now with regard to the use of manufactured fear of a virus as cover for the implementation of a “new normal” that has been advocated by leftist extremists under the guise of environmentalism for a generations.
Part of this “new normal” includes restricting people’s mobility.
If that weren’t the true goal, then hybrids rather than electric cars would be welcomed as the godsend they are. Because they are a perfect example of having your cake (no negative effect on mobility at a price most people can afford) and eating it, too (high gas mileage, almost nil in the way of harmful emissions).
The emissions thing is especially telling vis-a-vis those of the electric car, which are higher because the EVs being sold are focused on performance rather than efficiency, a disconcerting (or so it should be) fact this column has pointed out on a number of prior occasions.
EVs have unnecessarily huge – and so, unnecessarily expensive – battery packs that require far more electricity than is necessary to charge them . . . if the car were designed to be efficient (or affordable) transportation.
This results in the creation of more of the gasses (carbon dioxide) which is the opposite of thing supposedly wanted but which does achieve the things actually intended, i.e., reducing people’s ability to get around – mobility – by making it too expensive for most of them to get around and by limiting how far you can get around even if you can afford the things.
Hybrids were, in brief, too good for their own good.
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