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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2017 edited
     
    Captain Obvious notes that in the US and Europe, at least, there is a modest but accelerating exodus from the use of petroleum as an energy source for vehicles. Even big trucks running fairly short (50 - 100 mile) routes are being converted to pure electrics. I can't see it happening to airliners but everything else may someday run on electric power alone or mainly.

    BTW, I love my Camry Hybrid. Plenty of acceleration, adequate power for most tasks, amazingly smooth switchover from pure electric to hybrid power, and it's great not using fuel when waiting in lines or moving slowly in heavy traffic. The engine feel is actually more eager and more powerful than my former V6 VVT "refined" "North Star" type engine. Feels more like an engine driven turbocharger (I had one on a GM product a decade or more ago) at all but highest speeds and steepest hills. For those, the continuously variable transmission sounds wheezy and overworked but the car still moves OK.
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      CommentAuthorping1400
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2017
     
    Me too, love driving electric. I currently drive an almost 300hp plug-in hybrid, did not fill up my diesel tank since June. Always try to go full electric, even it means to stay below 120 km/h.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2017
     
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    Posted By: maryyugo...amazingly smooth switchover from pure electric to hybrid power...
    I was under the impression that regardless of the source of electricity, the hybrid vehicle is always physically driven by the electric motor, and the IC engine is really only a generator, not directly connected to the transmission. In which case there shouldn't be any noticeable difference between "pure electric" and "hybrid power", other than perhaps hearing or feeling the IC engine turn on.

    Is this not the case?

    Or is there a noticeable difference in power being fed to the electric motor when the IC is on vs. just battery?

    (I've never driven a hybrid).
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2017
     
    Posted By: DuracellOil Trades Near $50 as U.S. Exports Soar, Putin Comments on Cuts


    I suspect that's why the Saudi king is meeting with Putin. Get the oil supply situation under control so there's money to be made.
    • CommentAuthorkorkskrew
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2017
     
    Posted By: duncan torus
    Posted By: maryyugo...amazingly smooth switchover from pure electric to hybrid power...
    I was under the impression that regardless of the source of electricity, the hybrid vehicle is always physically driven by the electric motor, and the IC engine is really only a generator, not directly connected to the transmission. In which case there shouldn't be any noticeable difference between "pure electric" and "hybrid power", other than perhaps hearing or feeling the IC engine turn on.

    Is this not the case?

    Or is there a noticeable difference in power being fed to the electric motor when the IC is on vs. just battery?

    (I've never driven a hybrid).

    The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive ECVT is a really nice piece of engineering in my opinion. It uses an ICE in parallel with an electric motor, and another electric motor/generator to control the gearing ratio from the ICE to the drive train.

    At low speed the power comes mostly from the main electric motor, and at higher speeds the power comes mostly from the ICE, with a sort of electric motor assist (a byproduct of the ECVT system). There is no "switch over" unless you count the moment the ICE is started as your speed increases.
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2020
     
    anarchy superiority does not come from nothing.

    shorry, mischschpelled enerschy, my detnschurs come losch.
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    Zounds like you need some grue.