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Cadman-LT
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Re: Hybrid segment keeps growing
Cadman-LT   4/11/2013 3:19:13 AM
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I should have said my Veyron...it's getting dusty anyways. Long winter...lol

Cadman-LT
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Re: Hybrid segment keeps growing
Cadman-LT   4/11/2013 3:16:45 AM
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Yeah Jen and I'll speed past you in my McLaren! :)

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Hybrid segment keeps growing
Jennifer Campbell   4/10/2013 10:47:19 PM
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I can wait. I'll take the Lamborghini out on I-95 in the meantime.  =)

Charles Murray
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Re: Hybrid segment keeps growing
Charles Murray   4/10/2013 6:08:55 PM
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Unfortunately, Jenn, you won't see this one until 2014.

Jennifer Campbell
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Jennifer Campbell   4/10/2013 4:29:50 PM
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Let's get some of these cars up to the Boston office for a test drive!

Charles Murray
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Re: Hybrid segment keeps growing
Charles Murray   4/10/2013 11:01:15 AM
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TJ, I believe you're asking about series versus parallel hybrids -- am I correct? If so, the answer is, yes, with an asterisk. Notably, the Chevy Volt uses a series hybrid configuration, in which the engine spins the generator and the electric traction motor drives the wheels. However (here's the asterisk), it also uses an unusual powersplit in which its motor-generator drives the wheels under certain conditions, usually around 70 mph. There's a lot of debate over this (see link below) but, in essence, the Volt uses the series hybrid configuration you describe.

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1366&doc_id=212166

 

TJ McDermott
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Re: Hybrid segment keeps growing
TJ McDermott   4/10/2013 10:29:28 AM
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Rob, have I missed something about hybrids?  All models so far seem to be a conventional gasoline drive-train AND an electrical drivetrain.

Are there any at all that function like a diesel-electric locomotive with an all-electric drive train and the fossil-fuel engine runs a generator?

Rob Spiegel
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Hybrid segment keeps growing
Rob Spiegel   4/10/2013 9:22:53 AM
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In spite of sluggish sales in the hybrid segment -- plus a reluctance among hybrid owners to stick with hybrids -- Porsche is launching a significant new version. They must know somewthing we don't. Apparently the hybrid market is still very promising.

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