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    Thursday, April 18, 2024

    Hybrids more realistic than EVs

    I don't doubt that electric cars are popular, especially given my personal observations on the road. Even barring models from Tesla, I've seen numerous examples of electric cars from other manufacturers on the road, like the Volkswagen ID.4 or the Ford Mustang Mach-E. But as much as I think some EVs are pretty neat, I'm not yet convinced that they'll entirely overtake vehicles that use an internal combustion engine, and even some automakers would agree.

    For example, the luxury automaker Genesis originally planned to only launch EVs starting next year, but now plans to introduce its first hybrid models instead. And what's to say of the highest tiers of motorsport, such as F1, IMSA's Grand Touring Prototype class or the Le Mans Hypercars seen in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)? All three of these classes use hybrid powertrains in some form or another, so perhaps further development of hybrids is a more realistic goal for some automakers.

    I often find that my car, which uses a naturally-aspirated inline-four engine, and gets well over 400 miles on a full 12-gallon tank, is better than some EVs. However, with EVs being a relatively new field, I very well could end up changing my tune on EVs by the time I'm in the car market again.

    Max Ian Engel

    East Lyme

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