The future of cars. Would you get pure electric or hybrid?

Discussion in 'FH Lounge' started by Grumpy, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy Administrator

    If I were to choose one, I would go with hybrid. I have too much range anxiety to drive an electric car because I'd be wondering if I'd make it home. With a Hybrid, you have the gas engine, and the regen brakes will charge the battery pack. Pure electric has the brake regen, but when you're out, you are out. Then you have to find a charger and wait however long it takes to charge the damned battery. It would be great to charge up at a shopping center for free. Do your mallaerobics and get your senior coffee, then head out after our car is charged up. However, how many times do you see an empty charger these days?
     
  2. kev/anton

    kev/anton Member

    been friving a prius since 2006. no complaints here.
     
  3. Humble Soul

    Humble Soul New Member

    I'd prefer a hybrid between the two for pretty much the same reasons. My car now is a damn guzzler.
     
  4. Grumpy

    Grumpy Administrator

    Have you replaced your batteries yet?
     
  5. kev/anton

    kev/anton Member

    yes. that was no joke. cost me around 4k iirc.
    also had a problem with the brake accumulator but that was covered under a recall. just took around a month or so to get the parts.
     
  6. Love2Live

    Love2Live New Member

    I feel both electric and hybrids are not the future, but rather hydrogen.

    Full electric I feel will be relegated to very short trip or non-road, non-transportation machinery "vehicles" that will make use of the instantaneous torque. As mentioned previously, having to charge the vehicle each time doesn't lend itself to the lifestyle of the car we currently enjoy. And sure, charging at shopping malls seems convenient now, but imagine if the majority of vehicles were electric... Charging stations would becoming the clogging point and fossil fuels will still be used to charge the batteries. All the work done by Tesla at the moment is just to excite the world to the idea of an electric car and try to stomp out all it's shortcomings with "ludicrous speed"

    Hybrids will linger around longer as they currently fit the lifestyle we expect with car ownership. Eventually though, fossil fuels will become increasingly scarce, more expensive to mine, and the pollution associate with battery farming / disposal will be too much to bear, especially when faced with the alternative that I feel will be the future... hydrogen.

    Hydrogen cars mimic the lifestyle we expect from a gasoline car: longevity, range, and refill time. Hydrogen cars demand the greatest change in current infrastructure necessitating hydrogen filling stations, compared to hybrid and electric which easily make use of existing systems. The plus side is that the vehicle creates zero emissions and hydrogen is essentially a limitless fuel source moving off petroleum completely. In addition to infrastructure, hydrogen fuel also represents the biggest loss to Big Oil companies. Gasoline for hybrids and other fossil fuels for electricity still help to line their pockets, but hydrogen could be generated quite simply by comparison and by any number of companies that would seek to get a foothold.

    Because of the disruption hydrogen would cause to the players with the most to lose, I know it will be a long time before the full switch actually happens, but I feel that hydrogen is the future of cars.
     

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