Why hybrid cars kick fricken ass
Gasoline, diesel, natural gas, plugs, and fuel cells
Let’s be honest. Hybridcarblog is on life support. I’m just not sure I see a purpose. I started Hybridcarblog many years ago, when I firmly believed that hybrid cars were the key to an American energy revolution. Ironically, I still feel that hybrid cars are the key to the revolution, but maybe I’m just too old school.
In my opinion, if you believe in concepts like energy revolutions, there are few issues greater than the legacy effect when it comes to winning that battle. And if you don’t know what the legacy effect is, you shouldn’t even be allowed to talk about energy revolutions.
However, if you understand the legacy effect, then it’s obvious that few technologies are more important to the energy revolution than hybrid ones.
The most beautiful thing about hybrids is their diverse potential. Today, hybrids can easily co-exist within the current fueling infrastructure. Gasoline, diesel, it doesn’t matter. Hybrids can work with both. Add natural gas, and hybrids are still right there. In fact, when it comes to electricity, hybrids are still the best overall technological solution when all factors — especially real world ones — are considered.
Some; however, would rather focus only on plug-ins. Or only on natural gas, or oil. Etc.
If you know anything about the legacy effect, then it’s obvious that making plug-ins the key to energy policy is nothing short of a joke. Of course, US energy policy is a joke that has been told for decades, and is still being told. Neither the President nor Mitt Romney have a real energy policy. And that’s quite sad in my opinion.
There is nothing more important, more game-changing to the world, than energy policy, especially US energy policy.
But, I’m going off on tangents again. You know me. I can’t help myself.
Anyway, are hybrid cars a bridge technology?
Maybe. Probably. But we’re talking many decades from now before we’ll really know the answer to that question. Many decades from now. In fact, while hybrids will eventually be a bridge solution, fuel cell hybrids, or range extended EVs, could make hybrid technologies critical for many decades.
Regardless, the fact is the key to today’s energy problems can only be defined by bridge solutions and nothing bridges the past to the future like hybrid cars. NOTHING. And I dare ANYONE to provide a scientific case that deals with the legacy effect that can prove otherwise. ANYONE!
Even if you believe that natural gas is the ultimate bridge fuel, for example, you should still embrace hybrids. Natural gas hybrids can both develop natural gas, while concurrently advancing battery technologies — while making US natural gas supplies last even longer. Inevitably, both — one way or another — will be critical to US energy independence.
If you think long term, hybrid cars make financial sense. Or, at least many do.
Of course, most will still ask, when will hybrids make undeniable financial sense?
It’s hard to say, but everyone should be prepared, particularly foreign oil dependent countries like the US. Mate hybrid technologies to natural gas and America can significantly increase the strength of its natural gas supplies, while also embracing its innovative prowess. America can take advantage of both its natural gas supplies, while also staying at the forefront of battery technologies — especially the mass produced versions.
Anyway, I’m not sure where Hybridcarblog is heading these days. This might be my last post. Maybe I only have a few more posts left in me.
Or, this is a new beginning. We’ll see. But in my opinion, any automaker, politician, policy-maker, advocate etc. that is trying to leapfrog, or bypass, hybrid cars is completely full of crap. And I bet by any scientific measure that FACT can be proven conclusively.
The truth is, hybrid cars kick fricken ass.